Third round, 98th Pick: Paul Perkins
The Denver Broncos did sign Ronnie Hillman back to the roster, but there is no guarantee Hillman will make the week 1 roster as a backup. CJ Anderson’s deal in the offseason means he will be the bell cow for the season, but due to lack of reps from Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs (which is shocking), the team will add depth.
Paul Perkins, from UCLA will give the Broncos another slasher at the running back position must address to compete with Hillman. Perkins runs with patience and is a natural with the football in his hands. The receiving threat out of the backfield, Perkins gives the Broncos a dynamite threat from a running back. Perkins does not have the ideal size as a pass protector, but if Hillman can get better at pass-pro, Perkins can also.
Perkins lacks the size to be a bigger back in the NFL, but his skill set is unique and would give the Broncos a possible special teams option as a returner. The Broncos need that home run threat from a running back, but the Perkins can give them the patience in the open or between the tackles to reach the second level. Perkins is expected to go in the third round.
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