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2017 NFL Draft: Oklahoma Sooners RB Samaje Perine Selected by Washington Redskins in 4th Round

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OU’s all-time career rushing leader looks to be a great fit with Washington.

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Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine has been selected in the 4th Round (114th overall) by the Washington Redskins!

Perine, of course, concluded his Oklahoma career as the all-time rushing leader for the Sooners. Additionally, Perine holds the FBS record for rushing yards in a single game (427 vs. Kansas in 2014). Through his 36 games and 30 starts at Oklahoma, the 5-11, 233-pound, bruising back rushed 685 times for a school-record 4,122 yards (an average of six yards per carry) with 51 total touchdowns, along with catching 40 receptions for 321 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Perine sparked many scouts’ attention with a stunning display of strength and deceptive agility at the NFL Combine, completing 30 reps on the bench press and excelling in his drills.

Expected by some (including myself) to go a little earlier in this draft, Perine certainly presents a true value at this pick and could shine in this system. Joining a roster lacking in big, goal line backs, he could become the go-to guy (for teams and fantasy owners alike) in the red zone and in short-yardage situations with the talent and potential of adding much more right away. He needs to show some improvement in the passing game but being surrounded by the wideouts the Redskins currently have on roster, Samaje should find some space to bust out some punishing runs and make plays.

He will also get the chance to run behind former Sooner and Pro Bowler Trent Williams along with his old teammate Tress Way in the nation’s capital. We wish Samaje health and success with the Redskins and through (hopefully) a long NFL career.