Draft Rewind: Bill Belichick eager to get Oklahoma’s Ronnie Perkins into camp

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The Patriots picking Ronnie Perkins at the end of the third round is widely considered one of the great steals of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Bill Belichick won’t disagree with that.

“He played at, obviously, a very good team, a good program, a high level of competition,” Belichick said Friday night, “and did well.”

Perkins told OU athletic media relations director Mike Houck on Friday that he wasn’t all that surprised by the Patriots taking him.

“I had a good sense they were interested in me,” Perkins said, “and they were one of the last teams that interviewed me. So I had a good feeling about them coming into the draft.”

At 6-foot-3 and 253 pounds, Perkins could fit in at first as a situational defensive end (he’ll need to add 15-20 pounds to play every down), or he could fill a role at outside linebacker.

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