Navy – QB/WR/RB Malcolm Perry
The dynamic playmaker from Navy, Malcolm Perry played running back, wide receiver and eventually quarterback for the Midshipmen and even lead Navy to a win over arch-rivals Army in 2019. That rivalry win had to disappoint his parents some, seeing how they were both in the Army. Jokes aside, Perry did himself, his parents, his school and his country proud in his senior year, where he was an absolute force of nature on the ground; running the Midshipmen’s complicated option offense with ease.
Perry played quarterback at Navy over his last two years, but only threw for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns his senior season. It was his playmaking skills on the ground, however, that gets him on this list. In 2017, he had over 1,800 yards all-purpose, with 13 touchdowns. He rushed for over 1,000 yards across his last three years with Navy, eventually taking over fulltime at quarterback in 2019. In his last year with the team, he rushed for 2,017 yards and 21 touchdowns. The versatile Perry just needs the ball in his hand for magic to happen.
Despite coming out as a wide receiver, Walter Football doesn’t have him listed in the top 50 at receiver, which is an incredible oversight. Draft Countdown has him at 43 among wide receivers. Yes, he’s short, only 5’9 and he’s not big, barely 190 pounds. Yet, he’s a natural playmaker. Don’t be hung up on height. Perry is a natural leader, a solid and viable all-purpose player, and someone who can do amazing things on a football field.
He could probably be had in the seventh round, if not as a rookie free agent pick up.
Draft Site is comparing him to Taysom Hill, which is a super spot-on comparison. Perry isn’t the fastest kid on the field downhill, but he’s got incredible lateral agility that allows him to make the defenses go wild. Shifty hips are more important than track speed, and Perry has that skill locked down thanks to his time leading Navy’s offense.