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Ravens Perriman tops List of Rookie Playmakers

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Ravens fans are not the only ones with high expectations for the youngster...

Breshad Perriman in camp
Breshad Perriman in camp

Breshad Perriman was drafted into the perfect blend of opportunity and stability, with a Ravens organization that has a franchise quarterback in Joe Flacco, a top 5 offensive line led by All-Pro Marshal Yanda, and plenty of options at RB, WR, and TE, albeit with few proven ones. Justin Forsett and Steve Smith are the only names at those position with any productive seasons to speak of, which presents Perriman with a big opportunity to make an impact on the field.

Steve Muench of Scouts Inc., in an article for ESPN.com (Insider required), feels the same way about Perriman. He lists him #1 on his list of top rookie playmakers, followed by Todd Gurley, Phillip Dorsett, Dorial Green-Beckham, and Devin Smith. Here is what he had to say about Breshad:

1. Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Defenses that give Perriman a clean release do so at their own risk. The long-strider has deceptive top-end speed and the second gear to run past most NFL corners when he's allowed to build momentum. Jamming the 6-foot-2, 212-pound Perriman isn't easy, either, and it should only get harder as he gets stronger and more polished.

Although he wastes some motion shaking defensive backs, he has the upper-body strength and foot speed to beat press coverage with streamlined technique. One of the biggest knocks on Perriman is his inconsistent hands. That said, he's at his best tracking the deep ball and has the frame, body control and leaping ability to make spectacular catches downfield. He's also a productive runner after the catch and shows the ability to break tackles to rip off chunks of yards.

There's a lot to like about Perriman's situation in Baltimore, where he should get plenty of chances to showcase his considerable talents. The Ravens return all five starters along an offensive line, which helps set up the play-action package by establishing the ground game and does a good job of keeping quarterback Joe Flacco upright.

Flacco has very good arm strength and is willing to give his receivers opportunities to make one-on-one plays. In addition, Perriman should draw some favorable matchups with Steve Smith Sr. lining up opposite him and second-round tight end Maxx Williams drawing some attention over the middle.