Atorian “A.T.” Perry (WR) / Wake Forest / redshirt Junior
6’5″, 205 Lbs. (Unofficial)
2022 Stats: 12 games, 70 receptions, 980 yards, 11 touchdowns
Awards: First team All-ACC (2021, 2022)
Measurables: (AVAILABLE POST COMBINE/PRO DAY)
Games Watched: Dennis: Wake Forest @ Vanderbilt (2022), Wake Forest @ NC State (2022). Coach: 2021 Vs. Clemson, 2022 Vs. Vanderbilt
Dennis: Atorian “A.T.” Perry uses his size to make catches only he can make as he is very good at high pointing the ball. Perry has strong hands — if he touches it he is going to catch it. He runs crisp routes and stops in a window if open. Perry possesses excellent field/spatial awareness and uses the sidelines to help with his routes.
Coach: Does a good of stacking defenders when stretching vertically. Looks like an outfielder tracking a baseball on deep balls, pretty and smooth. Can get up field in a hurry, long strider. My ball type of guy, good at fighting through contact and remaining focused on the football. Long frame but controls it well, showcases this on balls thrown outside of his initial catch radius as well as when getting off the LOS when given a clean release and quickly getting on top of defenders with subtle body movement and quick feet.
Dennis: The first thing that I noticed is that while very tall Perry is also very thin. I would hope that he can gain about 15 pounds in order to have a weight advantage on corners and not be pushed around as easily, as long as the extra weight does not hinder his ability in any way. Due to his thin frame, Perry does not break a lot of tackles. Perry lacks elite speed, he looks slow coming off the line, and he will not beat a defensive back deep. Perry does not run the crispest of routes, and tends to round them out. He is a below average run blocker and can be pushed around easily.
Coach: Though he’s big vertically, very lean, defenders have an easy time going through his back when defending comebacks or possession type routes. Struggles when having defenders in his face at the LOS and when getting pressed. Due to his big frame, he has a big target area to be jammed/pressed and defenders have success getting into his chest and causing a disruption on his routes.
Dennis: Adding weight could possibly be a game changer for Perry. Due to his lack of speed the gain in weight will allow him to be able to beat out more aggressive corners or safeties. This will also allow him to be more of a consistent run blocker instead of being pushed around. He also needs to work on his routes to make them more crisp and help create separation.
Coach: In a class that is loaded at the top with slot receivers, Perry will stick out to teams looking for an X. Standing at 6’5” and showcasing the ability to track down the ball when stretching the field vertically, Perry has shown he can fill that role. Perry will be a possible consolation prize later in the draft to those who had hoped to snag Quinten Johnston and missed. Perry will struggle at the next level with bigger, more physical defenders. If Perry can add some upper body strength and learn to fight through press, he will become more well rounded and possibly fill a teams #1 receiver role.
Completed by: Dennis Nowell, 12/9/22
Added to: @coachschepps, 02/19/23
Reviewed and edited: J. Clark 02/19/23