Oct 25, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; UCF Knights wide receiver Breshad Perriman (11) celebrates after a 50-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter against the Temple Owls at Bright House Networks Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports
As we inch closer and closer to the 2015 NFL Draft, expert mock drafts are being updated as players’ draft stocks are rising and falling. One player whose draft stock has risen tremendously is a name that not many people know: Breshad Perriman. He has been linked to the Baltimore Ravens so fans may want to get to know him.
Once a player who wasn’t receiving much attention from NFL scouts, Perriman now cannot get enough of it. The son of former NFL wide receiver Brett Perriman has skyrocketed up a number of teams’ draft boards after dominating at the scouting combine. Perriman wowed everyone watching the combine, recording a 4.26 in the 40-yard dash. Right after this performance, he climbed to as high as No. 9 on Mel Kiper’s Big Board.
While it is quite possible that Perriman will not be available when the Ravens pick at No. 26, they have to take a serious look at him if he is indeed, still on the board.
After losing Torrey Smith to free agency, the Ravens are now in desperate need of a big play threat at the wide receiver position. Perriman, who stands 6-foot-2 212 pounds, would be a great fit and could fill the void left by Smith. Perriman is pretty similar to Smith in the fact that he has blazing speed that can create matchup problems for opposing defenders. He would step in as that deep threat that Flacco so sorely needs at his disposal.
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In 2014, Perriman reeled in 50 passes for 1,044 yards and nine touchdowns. With his skill-set and athletic ability, he could have the potential to put up similar numbers in Baltimore. With Steve Smith getting older by the season and a crop of young, unproven weapons, this team could use a player of Perriman’s caliber to shake things up a bit.
Just like any player, however, Perriman does have some flaws in his game. He is still a pretty raw route-runner, who has been able to get by on his speed and athleticism alone. He will need to improve in that area and learn to run more precise routes if he wants to excel at the pro level. There are also some serious concerns regarding his hands and if he can actually catch the ball on a consistent basis. Whoever drafts Perriman will be banking on him getting that problem under control.
There is no denying this kid’s talent. He is that rare combination of size and speed that NFL coaches so deeply covet. His ceiling is pretty darn high if he can improve his mechanics. If other teams decide to pass up on Perriman because of his weaknesses, Ozzie may be the guy to take a chance on the freakish athlete.
Imagine this in the Purple and Black.