Breakdown: Ravens Select Breshad Perriman

Everything you need to know about the Baltimore Ravens’ first-round selection of wide receiver Breshad Perriman out of the University of Central Florida from Scout's college and pro football experts.


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Breshad Perriman
UCF / 6'2 / 212 lbs
  • WR
  • [1] #26

Analysis

Perriman is one of the fast risers over the past few months. He’s a wide receiver that played better and better each season at UCF. He posted some impressive numbers, finishing with 115 receptions for 2,243 yards and 16 touchdowns. To match his production are his measureables – Perriman is 6-foot-2, 212-pounds and ran exceptionally well at his pro day (sub-4.3). This is a physical receiver with deep speed and soft hands. He’s the son of former Miami Hurricane great Brett Perriman.

Dave-Te' Thomas Player Evaluation

Breshad Perriman was one of the fast risers over the past few months. He’s a wide receiver that played better and better each season at UCF. He posted some impressive numbers, finishing with 115 receptions for 2,243 yards and 16 touchdowns. To match his production are his measureables – Perriman is 6-foot-2, 212-pounds and ran exceptionally well at his pro day (sub-4.3). This is a physical receiver with deep speed and soft hands. He’s the son of former Miami Hurricane great Brett Perriman. There is one knock – too many dropped passes over his college career. He needs better concentration and consistency.

Breshad Perriman was supposed to split time with Rannell Hall and J.J. Worton at the two receiver positions again in 2014, but the red-shirt junior ended up starting ten times at split end, where he was the team’s leading playmaker. He was one of just nine major college players to average at least 20.0 yards per catch this season (20.88 ypc, sixth-best nationally).

The trio had combined for 2,418 yards and 16 touchdowns on 143 grabs (16.9 ypc), with Perriman averaging 20.8 yards on 39 snatches in 2013. But, no matter who was catching the ball, Blake Bortles was gone and the projected starting quarterback, Justin Hoffman, had just nine completions on his resume entering the 2014 season, but the passer would connect with Perriman on nine of the QB’s 23 scoring strikes in 2014.

Perriman has a tall, well-built frame with very long limbs, as he maintains balance through-out his route progression. He can accelerate down field and has good agility catching the ball over his head. He is an instinctive player on the field, with a good feel for boundaries and chains. He makes good body adjustments to locate the soft spot in the zone. He is a fairly smooth runner, but needs to be quicker in his routes.

The Knights junior is really just a strider who must stay low in his pads to effectively create advantage. He has to do a better job of planting and driving out of his cuts, as he sometimes gathers too much and gears down in doing this. He might not have the explosion you look for coming out of his breaks, but has the size and leaping ability to get to most underneath throws.

Perriman is better served on bubble screens, hitches and post patterns because he takes soft angles rather than sharp 90-degree cuts. Still, he does have the loose hips to change direction and the weave to slip and avoid underneath tackles. When used underneath, he is capable of making better cuts than he does on deep routes. He has quick feet in transition, but just a modest burst to separate. He has more success getting open when he weaves and leverages to move defenders and create space. He is more effective on quick slants and bubble screens due to his long reach.

Perriman has good sideline awareness and shows quickness and good urgency working back to the ball. He will not hesitate to sacrifice his body to get to the jump balls and will mix it up with the defenders. With his size and reach, he is capable of taking the ball away from defenders. He does a nice sideline toe dance to stay in and out of the route and is aware of boundaries and coverage. He just shows no flinch in him getting to the pass, especially when making the tough slant catch with defenders all over him, but must concentrate better, as there are times he will turn and run before having secured the ball.

Perriman looks athletic going for off-target throws, as he can turn, twist, jump or get on the ground for those low throws. You can see his ability to hang in the air on film, extending with above average body control to get his hands on the bad pass. For a big receiver, he has natural adjustment agility working to the ball. He will hang in the air for a long time to make the catch, especially when having to lay out for the poorly thrown ball. You can see on film that he has no problem getting a good lift and rise to go up for the ball.

Perriman will never be confused for a racehorse after catching the ball, as he does not have that explosive separation ability, but he has the functional leg drive to get through initial tackles. He keeps his shoulders square to absorb blows and while he is not a load to bring down in the open, once he gets his legs churning, he can power through.

The Central Florida junior is best when using his weave to separate. He works hard to challenge the defender to generate enough leverage operating his stem. He also shows the loose hips and shiftiness to elude linebackers and safeties on bubble screens and seam routes. In the open, he will “go for the jugular” to neutralize second level defenders and the smaller defensive backs hate coming up to meet him head-on during running plays.

Breshad Perriman Scouting Combine measurables


6-2/212 (4.45 forty)
32-inch arm length
9 1/4-inch hands

Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.

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