Miami Dolphins rookie Malcolm Perry can play a versatile role in 2020.
After top selection Tua Tagovailoa, the Dolphins had four other selections in the first two rounds of the draft and seven selections overall in the top 111.
Even with all of those top prospects coming in, the Dolphins will be counting on everyone in their class making an impact in 2020, including seventh-round pick Malcolm Perry.
Perry, the quarterback of the Navy Midshipmen, is one of the first and most prominent athletes to benefit from the new order of President Donald Trump in June of 2019 which permits athletes to delay their mandatory service time after graduating from a military school.
Perry was not only the starting quarterback at Navy, but he was also elected one of four team captains by his teammates. He wasn’t always the starting quarterback at Navy, however. Perry played some ‘slotback’ as well as quarterback in his time with the Midshipmen and will bring the same versatility he showed in college to the professional level.
Perry can do it all
While he was with Navy, Perry only threw 113 passes. His game is all about making plays with the ball in his hands as a runner and receiver, and he did plenty of that.
He finished his collegiate career with 4,359 rushing yards, 40 rushing touchdowns, 22 receptions with three receiving touchdowns, and 491 kickoff return yards.
Listed at 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, Perry doesn’t have outstanding athletic traits but he is an instinctive playmaker who reacts to the defense exceptionally well, and he’s just a natural-born football player.
Perry is an expert at making at least one player miss every time he takes off with the ball in his hands. He doesn’t always run through people or past people, but he’s exceptional at getting around defenders and picking up yards after initial contact, and even limiting that initial contact so his size doesn’t work as a disadvantage.
He’s going to have a vastly different role in an NFL offense than he had in college, but he’ll be a quick study for the Dolphins and a great asset to their locker room.
Whether Miami decides to use him as a running back, receiver, returner, on double passes, or whatever type of special teams role he can play, Perry is going to be an asset on their roster and someone who can make a lot of impact in his rookie season.