ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy senior quarterback Malcolm Perry was drafted in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft this afternoon by the Miami Dolphins. Perry is projected to be a wide receiver / running back for the Dolphins. Perry is the 17th Naval Academy football player to be drafted and the sixth to go in the top seven rounds.
“I’m very grateful for this opportunity and all the support I’ve received from the Naval Academy over the last four years,” said Perry. “I’m excited the Dolphins are giving me the chance and I can’t wait to get down to Miami and get to work.”
“I’m super excited for Malcolm, he’s so deserving of this opportunity,” said head football coach Ken Niumatalolo. “Malcolm has always put the team before himself and I’m so happy that he is getting some individual recognition for his incredible career.”
“I’m so happy for Malcolm, he earned this opportunity with all of his hard work and perseverance,” said Navy offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ivin Jasper. “I watched every pick of this draft, I wasn’t going to turn it off until he got picked, and I was ecstatic to see his name come up on the screen. I have no doubt that he’s going to do great in Miami.”
Perry received the call from the Dolphins moments after he had talked to another team that told him they were going to draft him.
“I saw a Florida number pop up and I was a little surprised,” said Perry. “I hadn’t heard from the Dolphins during this entire process, but I’m excited that I heard from them today.”
Former Navy fullbacks coach Mike Judge is a quality control coach with the Dolphins, while Judge and Dolphins wide receivers coach Josh Grizzard were coaches at the East-West Shrine All-Star game where Perry impressed coaches all week in practice before ripping off a 52-yard touchdown run on his only carry of the game.
Perry helped lead Navy to a school-record 11 wins in 2019, victories over Air Force and Army to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, a share of the American Athletic Conference West Division title and a win over Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl. Additionally, Navy’s eight-game improvement from the previous year marked the second-biggest turnaround in FBS history.
Perry, who served as one of Navy’s four captains, rushed for a school-record and FBS record for a quarterback 2,017 yards and 21 touchdowns while completing 48 of his 86 passes for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns. His 181.58 passing efficiency mark was also a Navy record.
Perry’s 11 100-yard rushing games were a school record, as were his 10-consecutive 100-yard rushing games.
Perry set a program record for most 200-yard rushing games in a season with three, including his epic Army-Navy game-record 304 yards in the Mids’ 31-7 rout of Army.
Perry led the country in explosive runs (runs of 20 yards or more) with 26, while his 21 rushing touchdowns were the most in the FBS this season by a quarterback, third most by any player and the 11th most in FBS history by a quarterback.
Perry was named the American Athletic Conference and ECAC Offensive Player of the Year and was the Liberty Bowl and Army-Navy Game Most Valuable Player.
Navy finished the year ranked 20th in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. The No. 20 ranking is the highest final ranking for a Navy team since 2015 when the Mids were ranked 18th and it marks just the second time in the last 56 years that Navy finished the year ranked in the Associated Press Top 20.
Perry is the third Navy player to be drafted in the last six years and the first since 2016 when Keenan Reynolds was drafted in the sixth round by the Baltimore Ravens.
NAVY’S NFL DRAFT PICKS
Following is a list of Naval Academy graduates selected in the NFL Draft.
2019 – Malcolm Perry, QB, Miami Dolphis, 7th round (246th overall pick)
2016 – Keenan Reynolds, QB, Baltimore Ravens, 6th round (182nd overall pick)
2015 – Joe Cardona, LS, New England Patariots, 5th round (166th overall pick)
1993 – Bob Kuberski, DT, Green Bay Packers, 7th round (183rd overall pick)
1986 – Napoleon McCallum, RB, Los Angeles Raiders, 4th 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, 4th 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)