Navy football standout Malcolm Perry selected by Miami Dolphins in 7th round of NFL draft

Navy quarterback Malcolm Perry warms up before a game against Air Force at Annapolis, Md., in October, 2019. Perry was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL draft.


By BILL WAGNER | The (Annapolis, Md.) Capital | Published: April 26, 2020

(Tribune News Service) — ESPN arranged to have cameras in Malcolm Perry’s family home in Clarksville, Tenn., on Saturday. The record-setting former Navy quarterback also was asked to be available for a live, virtual interview, if necessary.

That’s because Perry was the highest-rated prospect from a service academy and the network wanted to tell that story during Day 3 of the NFL Draft.

The network bet correctly as Perry was picked by the Miami Dolphins with the 246th overall pick in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Perry became the 17th player Naval Academy graduate to be selected in the NFL Draft. Only three Midshipmen were chosen between 1965 and 2014. However, Perry became the third Navy product picked since 2015, joining long snapper Joe Cardona (New England Patriots) and quarterback-turned-wide receiver Keenan Reynolds (Baltimore Ravens).

Perry, like Reynolds, was a record-setting quarterback in college who will be asked to make the conversion to wide receiver at the professional level. He was invited to the NFL Combine as a slot receiver and also practiced then played that position at the East-West Shrine Bowl.

Many NFL general managers and player personnel directors view Perry as a Swiss Army knife of a player somewhat in the mold of New Orleans Saints multiposition standout Taysom Hill. Perry, like Hill, could line up at slot receiver, in the backfield on third down or as a wildcat quarterback.

Perry excelled as both a slotback and a quarterback in Navy’s triple-option offense while amassing 4,359 rushing yards, second all-time behind Reynolds. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound speedster finished with 40 rushing touchdowns, which ranks fourth in program history.

As a senior, Perry set a Football Bowl Subdivision record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 2,017 and scored 21 touchdowns. He ran for 100 yards or more in 11 of 13 games, setting another single-season school record.

Perry also showed the ability to return kickoffs and punts while piling up 5,320 all-purpose yards, which ranks second in program history behind famed tailback Napoleon McCallum (7,172, 1981-85), who played in the NFL with the Los Angeles Raiders.


Navy’s NFL draft picks

Below is a list of Naval Academy graduates selected in the NFL Draft:

• 2020 — Malcolm Perry, WR, Miami Dolphins, seventh round (246th overall)

• 2016 — Keenan Reynolds, QB, Baltimore Ravens, sixth round (182nd overall)

• 2015 – Joe Cardona, LS, New England Patriots, fifth round (166th overall pick)

• 1993 – Bob Kuberski, DT, Green Bay Packers, seventh round (183rd overall pick)

• 1986 – Napoleon McCallum, RB, Los Angeles Raiders, fourth round (108)

• 1973 – Glen Nardi, DT, Pittsburgh Steelers, 16th round (414)

• 1964 – Roger Staubach, QB, Dallas Cowboys, 10th round (129)

• 1962 – Greg Mather, E, New York Giants, 14th round (194)

• 1961 – Joe Bellino, HB, Washington Redskins, 17th round (227)

• 1959 – Bob Reifsnyder, DE, Los Angeles Rams, fourth round (45)

• 1958 – Tom Forrestal, QB, Baltimore Colts, 20th round (237)

• 1956 – George Welsh, QB, Chicago Cardinals, 16th round (186)

• 1956 – Ron Beagle, E, Chicago Cardinals, 17th round (197)

• 1948 – Dick Scott, OC, Chicago Bears, 13th round (133)

• 1947 – Bob Kelly, HB, Green Bay Packers, 10th round (81)

• 1947 – Bob Hoernschemeyer, B, New York Giants, 11th round (94)

• 1947 – Jim Carrington, OG-DG, New York Giants, 28th round (264)

The following Navy football players did not graduate from the academy before entering the NFL:

1998 – Mike Wahle, OG, Green Bay Packers, second round (Supplemental Draft)

1995 – Kevin Hickman, TE, Detroit Lions, sixth round (186)

1994 – Max Lane, OT, New England Patriots, seventh round (168)

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