Baltimore Ravens: Reaction to Selection of Breshad Perriman


The Baltimore Ravens selected Breshad Perriman with their first-round selection. I’m very shocked by this pick because it is not often you see the Ravens target wide receivers this early in the draft. Perriman had a very solid Pro Day, showing his vertical speed by running a 4.24 and 4.27 in the forty-yard-dash. There are some overall drop concerns with his game, but he is a very talented pick in the latter end of the first round.

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One of the Ravens biggest needs was at wide receiver after the departure of Torrey Smith to the San Francisco 49ers. Perriman is a big play threat that Joe Flacco can utilize with his huge arm. The last five drafts the Ravens selected a defensive player in the first round and that has paid dividends. It was time for the Ravens front office to give Flacco a high regarded target in Perriman.

Grade: B

Expert Reaction:

Bleacher Report writer Matt Bowen also believes Breshad Perriman, is a solid replacement for Torrey Smith. His size is definitely a huge factor that offensive coordinator Marc Trestman has dealt with in his time with Chicago.

Russell Street Report’s Kyle Casey shows his mixed emotions on the Ravens selection. I understand and feel the concern that Kyle shows with Perriman’s hands. When I watch wide receiver film, that first thing I look for is how good his hands are. However, we saw great success with a receiver that had hands issues in Kelvin Benjamin. Although, at the the same time, what held him back from being in the conversation with Odell Beckham Jr, Mike Evans and Sammy Watkins was his boneheaded drops.  

NFL Draft Featured Draft analyst Dan Hope also expresses some concerns on his overall game, but believes in his deep threat capabilities. Perriman has showed his lightning in the bottle potential and can hopefully work on his hands so he can convert long touchdowns, and not make Ozzie regret drafting a wide receiver in the first round since 2005.

Fan reactions:

Overall, I like the Ravens filling a hole at wide receiver. I still think that Maxx Williams is who I had the Ravens selecting in my mock draft so trading back may have been a better option, but I trust Ozzie and welcome Breshad Perriman with open arms to the Ravens.

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