High School and College Career
A.T. Perry is a 6-3, 169 lb wide receiver who attended Park Vista Community High School and was a 3-star recruit before committing to Wake Forest University.
Perry began his college football career as a freshman in 2019, appearing in six games for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. In those six games, he displayed his receiving skills by making four receptions for a total of 62 yards. His average of 15.5 yards per catch was impressive, and he scored one touchdown. Perry also showed his effectiveness as a receiver, boasting an excellent quarterback rating of 140.3 when targeted.
Continuing his career as a sophomore in 2020, Perry played in seven games and made 16 receptions for 218 yards, averaging 13.6 yards per catch. He scored another touchdown, but his quarterback rating when targeted dropped to 77.8.
Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Perry continued to thrive as a junior in 2021 when he played in 14 games. He made an incredible 71 receptions for 1296 yards, averaging 18.3 yards per catch. Perry became a favorite target for the Demon Deacons and was able to score 15 touchdowns, highlighting his explosiveness and ability to get open. He also maintained an exceptional quarterback rating of 122.2 when targeted.
As a senior in 2022, Perry played in 12 games, recording 70 catches for 984 yards, averaging 14.1 yards per catch. He continued to display his proficiency at finding the end zone, scoring 11 touchdowns. While his quarterback rating when targeted was lower than in previous years, he still maintained a solid rating of 108.6.
A.T. Perry Scouting Report Introduction
A.T. Perry has developed into a consistent contributor and impact player on his college football team. Although he is an all-around athlete who has participated in basketball, football, and track & field, Perry’s athleticism runs in the family gene pool, with his mother running track at Arizona State.
Perry has the physical tools to be a high-point weapon at the NFL level, possessing the prototypical X-receiver height and catch radius. His basketball background and catch radius allow him to make plays on the football while in flight, and he tracks the ball well when tasked with attacking vertically into the third level of the defense, looking the ball into his frame to secure it. Perry also demonstrates good body control and the ability to adjust to poorly-thrown passes.
As a route-runner, Perry is strongest against off-man or zone coverages, using a variety of speeds and tempos to lull defenders to sleep before working past them. He is more of a long strider than an explosive deep-speed option, but with free access to grass, he can attack cushions and space freely. The best routes for Perry are slants, in-breakers, crossers, 9 routes, and posts.
However, there are areas in which Perry could improve. He could benefit from attacking the ball with his complete catch radius/length at its highest point, rather than waiting for the ball to drop into his frame. Perry also struggles with press coverage, limiting the growth of his release package, and lacks the quickness to win in the contact window and stack DBs to win vertically. Although he has the arm length/wingspan advantage, DBs can disrupt his timing early in routes, as he is not explosive enough to quickly threaten them downfield, and he does not create running lanes for himself.
Overall, Perry projects best as a possession receiver, with potential to align outside, in the slot, and in bunch/stacked sets. His size and catch radius make him a reliable 50/50 contested-catch receiver, but his limitations in certain areas of his game may keep him as a WR4 on a depth chart, for now.
His outstanding athletic ability is showcased by his broad jump in the 98th percentile and his 4.47 forty time. Combine this with his long limbs and elite wingspan, and Perry is an impressive physical specimen.
Perry has been hugely productive over the last two years, combining for nearly 2400 yards and adding 26 touchdowns. Using his frame effectively, Perry is able to make plays facing the quarterback and has shown a knack for high-pointing the ball, consistently outmuscling defensive backs.
But Perry is not just a deep threat. He is a natural playmaker, at his best with the ball in his hands, and shows solid ball-tracking skills and body control downfield, able to adjust to off-target throws.
With excellent straight-line speed, he is a homerun threat on the deep ball.
Perry is not overly strong. His height is not enough to make him physically dominant, and this can cause timing disruptions when confronted with bigger defensive backs. Perry looks faster than he times as well.
Additionally, Perry’s ability to focus and concentrate appears to be questionable. Despite having very good hands, he suffers from occasional drops in concentration that could create problems in the future. As a route runner, he lacks some suddenness and quickness, potentially limiting his potential in the league.
A.T. Perry is our 100th prospect on our draft big board.