The Minnesota Gophers have the second-best defense in the country, and the most valuable player on the team is their star running back, LaDarius Perkins.
Perkins is an absolute steal at a top-10 pick in the 2016 draft.
He’s a huge reason why the Gopher defense is the No. 1 ranked team in the Big Ten.
The Gophers offense is led by quarterback Justin Herbert, who was one of the most prolific pass catchers in the nation.
The 6-foot-3, 208-pound freshman has rushed for 2,837 yards and 28 touchdowns this season, and his 753 yards are the third-most by a Gopher.
The junior also leads the team with 13 rushing touchdowns and a league-leading 4.1 yards per carry.
The best thing about this Gopher team is how good they are.
Perkins has one of, if not the, most powerful arms in the draft.
In his career, Perkins has rushed 5,895 yards and 25 touchdowns.
He was a two-time All-Big Ten pick, the 2015 second-team selection, and a two time All-American.
Perkins was also a second-round pick by the Chicago Bears in 2015.
Perkins’ combination of size, speed and quickness makes him a very intriguing prospect.
He can be a big-play threat and he has the skills to be a first-down machine.
Perkins could be the most explosive running back in the 2017 NFL Draft.
He has the talent to play in the NFL for a long time, but he’s also the most talented prospect in the class.
Perkins isn’t as dominant as other prospects in the Gatorade Rookie of the Year race, but if he stays healthy and makes the team, Perkins will become a lock for a starting role in the National Football League.
This team has some potential in the trenches, and Perkins could make the most of it.
He might even be the best running back prospect in this draft.
Perkins averaged 9.7 yards per rush in his junior year.
The No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft, Perkins is a big reason why Minnesota finished third in the FBS in rushing last season.
Perkins also has the ability to create a lot of yards in the backfield.
He had a 1,076-yard season in 2015, but had a lot more yards from scrimmage.
Perkins rushed for 1,066 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, including a career-high 890 yards in his first two seasons.
He averaged 2.9 yards per attempt last season after averaging 2.7 in 2014.
Perkins might be able to put it all together at the next level.
He will have a ton of potential as a running back.
If he develops into a full-time starter, Perkins could eventually be the leader for the Gators.
His production is unmatched, and he’s a player that can make the big plays.
Perkins will be a top pick in next week’s draft.