There is an argument traditional power backs do not fit in today’s NFL.
With concerns over the durability due to their physical style and the league’s shift towards offenses reliant on the passing game and stretching the field, power backs are looking increasingly out of place.
That poses something of a conundrum for a couple such runners in the draft, Leonard Fournette and Samaje Perine. There are legitimate concerns over whether Fournette can hold up as a three-down back at the next level, while Perine has received little attention, his presence in the class overshadowed by that of his Oklahoma teammate Joe Mixon.
But Perine does not come with the off-the-field issues of Mixon and has what it takes to be just as effective in the NFL, albeit in a different way.
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