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LaDarius Perkins is quick and can be dangerous coming out of the backfield.
Hmm. Adrian Peterson? Why draft a running back?
Well, Toby Gerhart, a free agent this offseason, is unlikely to return to the Vikings with that monumental running back standing in his way.
With Gerhart gone, that means Matt Asiata, also a free agent, jumps to the No. 2 guy (if he's retained), which creates a hole in the No. 3. slot.
Worst-case scenario, the Vikings could be out Gerhart and Asiata. That means the position needs help.
In walks LaDarius Perkins, whom CBSSports.com compares to Indianapolis tailback Vick Ballard.
Coincidentally, Bleacher Report's Miller has the Vikings selecting Perkins with this exact pick.
Perkins isn't much to look at (5'9" and 195 pounds), but don't judge the book by its cover.
Of course, there are reasons CBSSports.com projects Perkins to go undrafted: "Perhaps not as fast as his estimated 40-yard dash time would indicate, as he'll appear to lose steam on longer runs, and has been run down from behind at times. Perkins will lower a shoulder into an oncoming defender when in pass protection but ultimately, his lack of size limits his effectiveness in this area."
But CBSSports.com says there's plenty to love too:
Perkins has broad shoulders, thick thighs and quick feet, which allow him to spurt through creases and run through arm tackles. Possesses intriguing acceleration. Some of his most impressive runs, are due to an ability to stop and start, allow pursuing defenders to slip right on by him. Perkins has good vision and likes to cut-back, making him a threat even when defenders appear to have him bottled up. He isn't asked to do much as a receiver, typically slipping out in the flats, but when given the opportunity, has shown good hands and explosion upfield after the catch.
In 12 games at Mississippi State this past season, Perkins rushed for 593 yards on 137 carries (4.0 yards per carry) and two touchdowns and caught 27 receptions for 248 yards and three receiving touchdowns.