Pros: He's a pug-like runner with good speed. He runs low and hard, making him capable of slipping tackles. Has a nice stiff arm. Is shifty in the open field that likes to juke defenders. Has nice burst, vision, and quickness in and out of his cuts. That makes him a very good cutback runner. Is capable in pass protection and a nice receiver.
Cons: Tends to dance a bit too much, looking to juke rather than just lowering the shoulder and powering through defender. Will drop some passes.
Overview: Peerman is the ideal fit as a third down back at the next level. Had his best season as a senior with 774 yards and 7 touchdowns, and 44 receptions. Also averaged 25.1 yards on 50 kickoff returns. Missed six games as a junior due to a foot injury, and another foot injury cost him a game as a senior.
NFL Forecast: Peerman should fit very nicely as a third down back in the NFL, and should be able to contribute right away because his blocking and receiving are already at an acceptable NFL level. And of course should only improve as time wears on. He'll probably never be a lead back, but will be a nice option that can take 10-15 carries at the next level per game. Durability is a bit of a concern since foot injuries have hurt him the past two years, which will prevent him from being the full- time back. He'll work well in a zone blocking scheme, but has the ability to be successful in a variety of blocking schemes. There really isn't a lot to dislike about Peerman, the only thing is he doesn't appear special in any regards, but good in most.
ATL Forecast: Peerman would be a nice option to replace Norwood as the team's third down back if they choose not to extend his contract. He could also contribute on special teams. He would fit nicely behind Turner as the team's third down back, and while he wouldn't get a ton of carries, his impact would likely be felt in the passing game because he's the type of player that could catch 40-60 passes off the bench because of his exclusive hold on reps on passing downs. He would be a solid backup here in Atlanta, capable of routinely rushing for 400-700 yards per season as well.
Value: Peerman is a solid pick in the middle rounds. Probably best in the fifth round, but wouldn't be a reach if a team took him in Round 4.
Scouting Reports of running backs and fullbacks in the 2009 draft.
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