Harold Perkins Jr.
Harold Perkins Jr.  LB  LSU | NFL Draft 2025 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Harold Perkins Jr.
Height
6-1
Weight
220
College
LSU
Position
LB
Class
Sophomore
Home town
New Orleans, LA
89.0/100
Player Rating
1
PositionRank (LB)
4.45
FortyYD Time
Sacks
5.5
Fumbles Forced
3
Tackles
74
Sol tackles
43

Harold Perkins Jr. LB LSU | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Harold Perkins Jr. LB LSU
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

PLAY STYLE: COVERAGE LB
Last Updated: 06/03/2024
Draft Year: 2025
40 time: 4.45 seconds (97%*)
Measurables:
Height: 6-1 (35%*) Weight: 220 (2%*)
Forty: 4.45 (O) (97%*)
0% 100%
(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other (HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
For an explanation of how the (HS) data is calculated see this article
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PLAY STYLE: COVERAGE LB
Last Updated: 06/03/2024
Draft Year: 2025
40 time: 4.45 seconds (97%*)
Measurables:
0% 100%
Height: 6-1 (35%*) Weight: 220 (2%*)
Forty: 4.45 (O) (97%*)
(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other
(HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
For an explanation of how the (HS) data is calculated see this article
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Overall Rating: 89.0 / 100
Average rating of opposition Offense player has faced
Offense Rating:
81%
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Tackling:
73%
Pass Rush:
86%
Run Defense:
71%
Coverage:
87%
DRAFT PROJECTION: 1st - Mid
Overall Rank: #12 Position rank: #1
College Games: 25 College Snaps: 1236
Grade: 5 ESPN  Stars 5 ESPN  Stars ESPN RATING: 93/100
Grade: 247 Sports 5  Stars 247 Sports 99 Stars 247 RATING: 99/100
Grade: 5 Stars 5 Stars RIVALS RATING: 6.0 (98%)
Player Comparison* (Similarity level)
Edgerrin Cooper - Texas A&M
77%
Jeremiah Trotter Jr. - Clemson
70%
Dorian Williams - Tulane
69%
Draft Profile: Bio
Harold Perkins Jr. grew up in Cypress, Texas, and attended Cypress Park High School. He excelled in both football and basketball, earning 1st team All-Greater Houston honors as a running back and linebacker. Perkins was a five-star recruit and the top linebacker in the 2022 class according to 247Sports Composite rankings. His high school career included running for 983 yards and 14 touchdowns in his junior year, alongside 47 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, and three sacks on defense.

At LSU, Perkins quickly established himself as a key defensive player. In his freshman season, he played in all 14 games with eight starts, earning First-Team All-SEC by the Associated Press and Freshman All-America honors. Over two years, he accumulated 147 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, two interceptions, seven pass breakups, and seven forced fumbles in 27 games. Perkins' performances against Arkansas, Alabama, and Florida were particularly impactful, showcasing his versatility and playmaking ability.

Perkins' accolades include Second-Team All-SEC in 2023 and First-Team All-SEC in 2022. He was also named SEC Defensive Player of the Week multiple times and earned spots on the SEC Academic Honor Roll. His speed, strength, and instincts have made him a versatile asset on defense, playing both linebacker and edge roles effectively.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Exceptional tackling ability with strong grip strength and closing speed, making him reliable in various defensive roles.
  • Elite burst and quickness, allowing him to react and close on plays rapidly.
  • Has the speed of a safety playing linebacker - outstanding sideline-to-sideline range, effectively containing plays and forcing them back inside.
  • Versatile defensive playmaker with experience at both linebacker and edge positions.
  • Explosive pass-rushing skills with the ability to convert speed to power.
  • Fluidity and agility in coverage, showing promise in defending against the pass.
  • High football IQ, enabling quick play recognition and decisive actions on the field.
  • Proven ability to perform under pressure, delivering key plays in critical game situations.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Undersized for a traditional linebacker role, requiring additional mass and strength to compete at the NFL level.
  • Can be over-aggressive, occasionally running himself out of position.
  • Struggled as a run defender when playing off-ball linebacker, indicating a need for improvement in this area.
  • Average length could be a disadvantage against bigger, more athletic tight ends.
  • Needs to develop a more diverse pass-rushing repertoire to become a consistent threat in the NFL.
Scouting Report: Summary
Harold Perkins Jr. is a dynamic playmaker with elite sideline-to-sideline range and exceptional burst. His ability to excel in multiple roles—whether it's as an edge rusher or off-ball linebacker will make him a coveted prospect. His collegiate stats, including 147 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, and 13 sacks, underscore his disruptive presence.

However, Perkins does come with some concerns. At 6'1" and 220 pounds, he's undersized for a traditional linebacker role at the next level, which could impact his ability to shed blocks and take on bigger, stronger opponents. His aggressiveness, while a strength, can lead to him being out of position at times. To maximize his potential, Perkins will need to add bulk and refine his run-stopping abilities, as well as diversify his pass-rushing techniques.

In the NFL, Perkins projects as a versatile defensive chess piece, best utilized in a hybrid role that leverages his speed and playmaking skills. With the right coaching and development, Perkins has the upside to become a standout defender, a consistent game-changer on Sundays, and a high first-round selection.

How other scouting services rate Harold Perkins Jr. (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
16.1
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
1.0
*Percentile Ranking in Player's Position Group (NFL Combine Historical Data): This percentile reflects how a player's specific statistics rank in comparison to historical performances at the NFL Combine, specifically within their position group. A higher percentile indicates a better performance. For instance, being in the 90th percentile for a particular stat means the player outperformed 90% of their peers in that category.

*Similarity Percentage: This percentage is calculated based on a comprehensive analysis of various factors, including height, weight, 40-yard dash times, on-field performance statistics, and overall player rating. The analysis is conducted against our database of draft prospects from 2021 to 2023. This similarity score helps in evaluating how closely a current prospect aligns with past prospects. It is important to note, however, that this score reflects similarities based on college production and attributes, and does not account for eventual success or performance in the NFL.