But did it have to be so?
Time will tell what type of player Perriman will be both for the Ravens and in the NFL. However, since fans seem to be so divided on Perriman, we'll take a quick look at some of the other players available to the Ravens at the end of the first round.
First up are three wide receivers that were available and were ranked close to Perriman by analysts.
Dorial Green-Bekham - WR - Missouri
DGB is a player that many fans have discussed at this point in the draft process. A naturally talented player with the physical attributes to be a star, but the attitude and red flags around him to make the prospect a never-was as well. If judging simply on the physical abilities present, DGB could be argued as the best all-around receiver in this draft class. A no brainer if you are the Ravens. However, with him going undrafted in the first round, clearly teams took issue with his numerous problems.
Phillip Dorsett - WR - Miami
Dorsett is smaller than Perriman at 5-foot-10 and 185-pounds, but he has just as fast straight line speed showcased by running a 4.27 second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. A truly gifted player that had a partial tear of his MCL in 2013 and could use some refining of his route running ability as his major knocks outside of his size. However, he was a big play receiver for Miami who averaged more than 25 yards per catch. A player that really reminds me of Steve Smith and someone that the Ravens should have seriously considered.
Jaelen Strong - WR - Missouri
Strong is not a player who has amazing straight line speed and likely wouldnt fit the mold of the receiver that the Ravens were after in the draft. However, great hands and big means that he could fit in with a team that is looking for a possession receiver. With Steve Smith currently in that role and the Ravens having only young unproven players beneath him, Baltimore could have picked up Strong and taken care of the middle and short passing game completely. Strong still sits on the boards as he wasn't selected in the first round, so he might still be available for the Ravens in the second.
Next is the pass rusher that many fans were salivating over.
Randy Gregory - OLB - Nebraska
Once considered a top-10 talent due to his physical tools, issues cropped up about his ability to handle the rigors of football life and failed drug tests. The Ravens could have stolen a player that many analysts had sitting in their top-5 a couple of months ago to sit behind current pass rushers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. A veteran locker room and coaching staff along with a franchise to has the support structure already there for troubled players, Gregory could have been a great pick here that got to sit and learn behind the league's best before reeking his own havoc on the NFL. While Gregory was once a high profile player, he was not drafted in the first round mostly due to his issues and reports are floating in that some have him off their boards completely. It will be interesting to see if the Ravens show interest in Gregory entering the second round.
Cornerback is a position that the Ravens have made it well known that they were looking at hard. Even though the top corners were off the board by the Ravens' 26th pick, there was at least one option still out there.
Byron Jones - CB - Connecticut
Taken by the Dallas Cowboys the very next pick, Jones was a player that had the size you'd want from a starting cornerback along with none of the character concerns that plague a few of the Draft's top prospects. More of a nickle corner to begin with, Jones' size and instincts could have served him well in a secondary that is still in need of depth.
Are there any other players that you felt could and should have been selected instead of Breshad Perriman? Let us know in the comments below.