Baltimore Ravens: Is Breshad Perriman the Ravens’ Biggest Draft Bust?

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Breshad Perriman
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Breshad Perriman /

Baltimore Ravens receiver Breshad Perriman has been unimpressive in the two years since being drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman has been less than impressive in the two years he’s played with the team since being drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

He missed all of his rookie year due to an injury and had the 2016 season to finally come into his own and show off the talent the Baltimore Ravens saw in him. The problem is, he didn’t, and he ended the year with 33 catches for 499 yards and three touchdowns.

This year, Perriman has arguably been worse, and perhaps the most embarrassing stat for him is his miserable 25.9% catch rate. That’s good for worst in the NFL by a significant amount, as the second-worst catch percentage in the NFL is owned by Zay Jones at 36.4%.

In fact, over the past two seasons, Breshad Perriman is the only wide receiver in the NFL with more than eight drops and fewer than 50 catches.

And not only that but two of his drops this season have resulted in interceptions. This past Sunday, against the Tennessee Titans, Perriman’s inability to fight for the ball, or at least reach for it up high, led to this interception:

Even better, balls thrown to Breshad Perriman, on his career, have resulted in twice as many interceptions (six) as touchdowns (three).

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There was a reason to be optimistic about Perriman coming out of the University of Central Florida. He’s 6’2″, 215 pounds, and ran a 4.29 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. That combination of speed and size is tantalizing and not something you can teach.

But all of that is useless if he can’t catch the ball, and Perriman has gone from being a nuisance to a liability for a passing offense that is in dire straits.

It’s fair to start wondering at this point if Breshad Perriman is the Baltimore Ravens’ biggest draft bust of all time. Names like Travis Taylor, Kyle Boller, and Matt Elam get thrown around when you start talking about biggest Baltimore Ravens draft busts, but even they had some measure of production for a little while – Perriman just hasn’t.

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Now, granted, Perriman is just 24 years old, he’s still fairly young. He could potentially turn things around, he certainly has enough time to do that and I hope he does, the Baltimore Ravens really need it, but things have not looked good so far.