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Breshad Perriman | Wide Receiver

Team: UCF Knights
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/10/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 209

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ESPN's Mel Kiper gave the Ravens an "A-" draft grade.
"Breshad Perriman could have been off the board by No. 14, and I wouldn't have blinked," Kiper wrote. "To get a big (218 pounds), fast (sub-4.3 speed) big-play threat such as this at No. 26 is a great get." The analyst sees some Dez Bryant in Perriman. "Maxx Williams was a player the Ravens coveted, and to get him at No. 55 overall was good value," Kiper wrote. "Both he and Perriman could be impact players from the rookie class, which is rare on a good team." Kiper also liked Baltimore's later picks, which included DT Carl Davis, edge rusher Za'Darius Smith, CB Tray Walker, RB Buck Allen and TE Nick Boyle. Mon, May 4, 2015 12:34:00 AM

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Ravens selected UCF WR Breshad Perriman with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Perriman (6'2/212) spent three seasons at UCF, parlaying 115 catches into 2,243 yards (19.5 YPR) with 16 TDs. He is the son of ex-Lions WR Brett Perriman. Breshad's stock soared at his March Pro Day, blazing 4.26 with a 10-foot-7 broad jump and 36 1/2-inch vertical. Likened to Julio Jones in terms of "size and movement" by Greg Cosell, Perriman has the quickness of a small receiver in a big receiver's body and will be able to run by NFL defensive backs. The lone concern on Perriman is his hands after he dropped 8-of-54 catchable targets in 2014, although abysmal quarterback play frequently forced Perriman to make absurd adjustments to passes. He'll immediately replace Torrey Smith as Steve Smith's complement in new OC Marc Trestman's pass-happy offense.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 10:55:00 PM

ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden says UCF's Breshad Perriman and Auburn's Sammie Coates are not first rounders in his book because they drop too many passes and run poor routes.

The analyst expressed surprise that Mel Kiper previously mocked Perriman to the Rams at No. 10. "The one thing I can't understand with Perriman is you have all this talent, and I have plenty of tape where he is making circus catches, but there are way too many drops," he said. "These balls are easy catches." Gruden loves the 4.25-4.3s speed, of course, but questions Perriman's ability to be a "bad-ball receiver." He documented 14 drops on tape, including a sure touchdown which just clanked off his hands. "No one is perfect, but if people are going to talk about you as a potential top-10 pick, the catching has to be more consistent," Gruden said.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 04:57:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah would feel "much more comfortable" selecting UCF WR Breshad Perriman "at the top of the second round than the top half of the first."

"That's way too high for a player who drops a ton of balls, has hip tightness and doesn't play nearly as fast as he was timed. Perriman has value as a developmental deep threat, but I'd feel much more comfortable selecting him at the top of the second round than the top half of the first," Jeremiah wrote. While Perriman put evaluators on notice with his 4.25 forty at his pro day, some still have questions on his overall game. The UCF prospect has the natural traits to be a dominant player at the next level, but will have to show he can be a consistent playmaker.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 03:16:00 PM

An NFL scout said that though he likes UCF WR Breshad Perriman, it's "a little surprising given the dad that he's not a better route runner."

"Totally different from his dad," another scout agreed. "His dad was really quick. This guy is bigger. You don't see the speed he ran. This guy doesn't run routes. He has a rough time against press because he's not quick and he's tight. I see a straight-line speed guy." Brett Perriman, the father, was a 5-foot-9, 180-pounder who caught 525 passes across a 10-year NFL career. "Hands were very iffy this year," said another scout. "He has a big up side but obviously a lower floor because he has inconsistencies catching. He really just hasn't put it all together yet."
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 03:10:00 PM

UCF WR Breshad Perriman "will go in the first round of this year's draft, but his route running and hands are issues right now," according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

The UCF prospect hauled in 50 of 99 targets thrown his way, with some of the incompletions blamed on his poor route running. Perriman dropped eight balls with a drop percentage of 13.8 percent. Zierlein notes that Perriman's drop rate was "far and away the worst of any of the top receivers in this year's draft."
Mon, Apr 27, 2015 02:17:00 PM

NFL Media's Gil Brandt ranks UCF WR Breshad Perriman as the No. 10 overall prospect in this class, with Louisville WR DeVante Parker at No. 11.

The ranking is only one spot apart, but it is noteworthy to point out whenever Perriman is ranked before Parker as it breaks groupthink. Brandt lists Amari Cooper (3) as the top receiver and Kevin White second (4). Jaelen Strong rounds out the top five at No. 21 overall.
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 02:03:00 PM

An NFL analytics staffer said he wouldn't rank UCF WR Breshad Perriman as high as Mel Kiper [No. 9 overall] for three reasons.

Those reasons? The staffer said Perriman dropped too many balls, has a troublesome injury history and doesn't run as fast on the field as he does on the track. Perriman, who posted 40-yard dash times of 4.24 and 4.27 at his pro day, ranked as the No. 3 receiver in the class according to Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score metric, which compared him to Kenny Britt and Darrell Jackson. Perriman put up stats with and without Blake Bortles, it's important to note.
Tue, Apr 21, 2015 08:01:00 PM

UCF WR Breshad Perriman "is a big, fast, strong receiver with a great attitude who seems to be just getting the grasp of things, which should be a scary thought for all NFL defensive backs under 6-feet or slower than 4.25 seconds in 40 yards," according to's Frank Cooney.

"Perriman continues to show improvement as he learns to harness his rare combination of size and speed," Cooney wrote. "Excellent pick with upside." The 6-foot-2, 209-pounder Perriman, who posted 40-yard dash times of 4.24 and 4.27 at his pro day, is the son of 10-year NFL veteran wide receiver Brett Perriman. "As a big receiver you have to go up and get the ball at its highest point, you have to be able to wall off defenders, you have to be able to block and you have to be able to also kind of shrink your mentality as a smaller receiver as well," Perriman said at combine when asked how being a big receiver helps him.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 07:04:00 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that UCF WR Breshad Perriman's "ball skills concern me, specifically his high drop rate of 14 percent (anything above 8 percent worries me with prospects) and the fact that he doesn't appear to be a natural pass-catcher."

"The reason for his big-time elevation on our draft board is his ability to make plays down the field," McShay wrote. Perriman, who posted 40-yard dash times of 4.24 and 4.27 at his pro day, ranked as the No. 3 receiver in the class according to Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score metric.
Tue, Apr 14, 2015 07:58:00 PM

UCF WR Breshad Perriman had an official visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Pro Football Talk.

With Perriman's stock on the rise, he could be a target for WR-needy teams in the first round. It's possible that Perriman could be off the board by the time Pittsburgh picks. The Steelers --who own the No.22 overall pick-- already have a stable of capable pass catchers, with Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton, and recently signed Darrius Heyward-Bey. The UCF prospect does offer a nice combination of size and speed, but with the recent retirement Troy Polamalu, there could be more pressing needs in their secondary.
Fri, Apr 10, 2015 03:36:00 PM

CBS Sports' Frank Cooney believes UCF WR Breshad Perriman is the best fit for the Ravens at No. 26 overall.

With Steve Smith and Marlon Brown sitting atop the depth chart, you know Baltimore is going to pop a receiver early. "Perriman might have put himself out of range for Baltimore after his 4.25 40-yard dash at his pro day, but his combination of size, speed and upside is an ideal fit in the Ravens' offense," Cooney wrote. Every CBS analyst has Baltimore taking a wide receiver at No. 26. Pete Prisco agrees on Perriman, Dane Brugler mocks Dorial Green-Beckham to Baltimore and Rob Rang currently sees the Ravens taking Jaelen Strong.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Apr 6, 2015 07:57:00 PM

On top of visiting the Lions and Eagles, UCF WR Breshad Perriman has trips scheduled to see the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans.

Perriman could not complete his Combine workout and posted a sub-4.3 forty at his pro day, so it makes sense why so many teams want to get a closer look. Perriman's projection skyrocketed after the pro day. Per PFF, his drop rate was near 14 percent, but Perriman was an asset over the middle of the field and in the deeper portions of the defense.
Mon, Apr 6, 2015 08:42:00 AM

UCF WR Breshad Perriman is visiting the Eagles on Thursday, according to Mike Florio.

Florio adds "it's one of 18 pre-draft visits/private workouts for Perriman." Perriman just finished a visit with the Lions on Wednesday. The UCF receiver has great long speed for any receiver at any size. However, there are drop issues, as his drop rate was around 14-percent in 2014. Teams might view these as concentration drops and are fixable, but negative drop rates have a tendency to carry over.
Thu, Apr 2, 2015 09:24:00 AM

UCF WR Breshad Perriman is visiting the Lions on Wednesday.

We would be shocked to see Perriman go to Detroit in the first-round, with the team drafting Eric Ebron last year with money invested in Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. Perriman posted a ridiculous forty time at his pro-day (4.25) and should be consistently projected in the first-round.
Wed, Apr 1, 2015 12:42:00 PM