Former Alice Coyote lineman Trent Perkins has an eye on the 2011 NFL Draft.
The one-time Oklahoma State lineman who finished his college career with two impressive seasons at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has an outside shot at being a draft pick. Perkins said he stands a better chance at being picked up as a rookie free agent after the draft, but what happens through the next couple days is anyone's guess.
"I donít know," Perkins said. "You probably know about as much as I do about the draft right now. Iím just watching and waiting. Hopefully, I get lucky and Iím able to get picked up. I donít think I will though, coming out of a Div. II school, but hopefully something happens when free agency opens up."
At 6-foot-5 and 302 pounds, Perkins turned in a 40-yard sprint time of 5.56 during TAMUK's pro day workout this spring. According to nfldraftscout.com. Perkins is ranked 51 out of 158 offensive guards in the draft.
The NFL Draft begins Thursday and continues through the weekend.
Perkins helped anchor TAMUK's offensive line in 2010 which provided blocking and protection for an offensive that averaged 392 yards and surrendered only 17 sacks all season. He also started on the Javelinas' offensive line in 2009.
After graduating from Alice High School in 2007,† were he was an all-state and all-district lineman, Perkins was recruited by Oklahoma State University. After two seasons, he transfered to Kingsville in hopes of securing a starting spot and make his way into the NFL.
He said his plan worked. He said he is content with his two seasons with the Javelinas and the exposure he received. He was a two-time Lone Star Conference pick and was selected to play in the annual Cactus Bowl, the annual Div. II senior all-star game in January.
"Iím happy with what I was able to do at A&M-Kingsville," Perkins said. "I think I made a good choice coming down here to Kingsville. It was good for me. I was able to be a part of a great program and be around some great coaches. We put together some good seasons. It was just good overall."