2020 - Florida, Iowa State, Oklahoma State
I love the motor that Perkins plays with. He never gives up on a play and is always fighting to get to the ball, regardless of the situation. His feet are constantly churning as a pass rusher to try to get around the offensive tackle. Another thing that stuck out is the physicality he plays with. Perkins has a violent inital punch and he turns that into a sustaining power in his hands to drive through blocks. He is also very physical at the finish once he gets to the quarterback. Also like how he uses his speed to his advantage to shoot the gaps against the run and get through them before the offensive lineman can get his hands on him.
Could work on his game from a mental standpoint. Showed far too many occasions where he crashed inside too quickly, allowing for a cutback lane or simply overrunning the play. Needs to work on being patient and truly setting the edge on the backside. Also needs to work on some counter moves as a pass rusher. Isn't going to be able to win on the first move too often at the next level. Will also need to prove to be more versatile if he wants to be able to be used more often in different situations. As of now, I see him being scheme dependent in a 4-3 defensive end role.
Ronnie Perkins put together an impressive three-year career at defensive end for the Oklahoma Sooners. As a true freshman, he started in seven games and was named to the Freshman All-American Team. He followed that with a very solid sophomore campaign in which he finished with 38 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, and six sacks. This perfomance earned him Second Team All-Big 12 honors. Unfortunately, Perkins had to miss the first five games of the 2020 regular season due to a suspension but made the most of his opportunities in the six games he played in. Perkins finished his third and final season with the Sooners with 23 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks, earning him Second Team All-Big 12 honors once again. As a pro, Perkins projects mainly as a 4-3 defensive end that will likely play the 5-technique but is a player that will thrive in that role. His speed and physicality will make him a force off the edge for any team that drafts him. I see him being picked somewhere on Day 2 of the NFL Draft and being a rotational piece that can find himself a starting role depending on his team's situation as long as he can clean up some technical aspects of his game and continue to develop.
Perkins is a solid athlete for a defensive end. Is explosive off the ball and plays with a good amount of strength and force. Shows a decent amount of bend when dipping inside but would like to see him use more bend when rounding the corner off the edge. Has good lateral agility with the ability to change direction and move sideline to sideline naturally. Displays good balance when taking on blocks as he isn't knocked off his feer easily.
Pass Rush Ability:
Use of Hands
Pass Rush Moves
Big Play Ability
One of the best things about Perkins is his strong hands. He has a violent initial punch and shows the ability to drive through stronger offensive tackles. Shows instances of a quick first step but needs to show more consistency in that area. Also could play with better leverage when coming off the edge as a pass rusher. Has a solid inside rip move and can use a push-pull occassionally but lacks true counter moves in his arsenal once the first move doesn't work. Once he gets to the passes, he finishes with a great deal of force, making sure that he secures the tackle but that it also isn't a comfortable experience on the way down.
Against The Run:
Uses his quickness and speed to his advantage to be dangerous when shooting the gaps against the run. Is a very sound and physical tackler, making sure he runs his feet on contact. Has the speed to run sideline to sideline to make plays when the play is away. Is inconsistent at setting the edge as he bites inside too quickly at times. Needs to show more patience on the backside. Shows a strong intial punch but sometimes can struggle to get off blocks quickly.
Set the Edge
Stack and Shed
Gap Shooting Ability
Shows good toughness as he doesn't shy away from contact and plays through blocks. Plays with a high motor at all times, never giving up on a play. Even if the play is away from him and past him, he is trying to get to the football. Can create a lot of disruption in the backfield especially when he shoots the gaps against the run or gets inside as a pass rusher.
His awareness can use some work as he is slow to react at times, especially on misdirection plays. Bites inside too quickly at times which can lead to cut back opportunities or easy reads in the option. Seems to simply play too fast at times which can put him out of position to make a play. Saw time in college in both a three-point stance and as a stand up defensive end but will likely be limited to a 4-3 scheme as a defensive end.