Breshad Perriman is a player that the Ravens had mocked to them repeatedly throughout the process. A need for Baltimore with Torrey Smith leaving for San Francisco, Perriman should be able to step in immediately as a deep threat that can handle quarterback Joe Flacco's arm.
6-foot-2 and 212-pounds, Perriman has what you would like size wise from a wide receiver. To add to a typical receiver frame, Perriman ran his 40-yard dash time in a blistering 4.24 seconds. His track and field experience really shines He can eat up initial cushion and will surprise defensive backs with his quickness and straight line speed. He works hard as a run blocker even though he could use more work on that front and will grow into it.
Perriman comes from a great pedigree with his father, Brett Perriman being a 10 year veteran of the NFL himself that should help mentor him up in addition to what Ravens players and coaches will bring. Character comes as clean as a prospect can in the NFL and was selected as UCF's most outstanding receiver in 2014. Despite poor quarterback play, Perriman was able to remain consistent each season.
What you will hear analysts say about Perriman is completely true. A terrible route runner with mediocre hands, Perriman relies far too much on his speed and size over smaller defensive backs in order to gain separation and win matchups. He needs to learn how to use his size and frame more to his advantage in order to box out starting caliber defensive backs and make plays, which will cause Perriman to have a more steep learning curve than other receivers in this draft.
I can't say that I'm sold on Perriman at this spot honestly. A truly gifted athletic freak player, he just doesnt have the necessary refining that you would hope for from a receiver in the first round. I, along with most analysts, see Perriman as a boom or bust type of player that could be coached and developed into a better receiver to go with his physical plusses or he could be a one trick pony that has difficulty making it onto the field for any prolonged period of time.
However, a lot about Perriman remains an unknown due to quarterback play at UCF. With an accurate and strong armed quarterback, he could round out his abilities and develop the skill necessary to succeed. Thought that is still very much a crapshoot.
Give the Ravens' track record at drafting and developing receivers like this, I doubt that many people should be excited about Perriman's potential as a true number one receiver. At the next level, Perriman will have to develop as a receiver in order to have any real impact long-term.