Originally Posted by traderumor
A healthy Perry looks a lot different than an injured one in the grand scheme of things. He was a huge contributor in the playoff year and would have likely fallen into the yards that Kenny Watson got this year due to Rudy's hammy. It is real easy to say they could have had so and so, but he provided value when he got on the field. Sometimes you have to look beyond "first round pick."
I agree that a healthy Perry is a completely different animal, but he's injury prone, so are we ever really seeing a healthy Perry? Unfortunately, Perry is not as good of a runner in the backfield as Irons or Watson, so I'm not sold on the idea that had he been healthy he would have gotten Watson's yards.
The thing that confused me at the time was why we selected a HB in the 1st Round when we had no immediate need for said position. If we needed a HB, then Perry certainly could have been an option, although he wasn't even the best HB left on the board at the time, so it just reaffirms the lack of direction that is the Bengals' drafting strategy.