NFL Draft Preview 2015: WR Breshad Perriman

The Sports Quotient’s annual NFL Draft Preview series has returned. Over the course of the next ten weeks, we will analyze the top NFL prospects at each position. This first week, the focus is on wide receivers. First up for analysis is wideout Breshad Perriman out of the University of Central Florida.

College Career

Perriman flew under the radar for the most part during his career at UCF; though, his stock is on the rise as of late. He was a dangerous deep threat during his tenure as a Knight, especially during his sophomore and junior seasons in which he averaged 20.8 and 20.9 yards per catch respectively. Perriman finished his junior season with 50 catches for 1044 yards and 9 touchdowns and earned All-American Athletic Conference First Team honors, proving he was not simply a byproduct of former UCF QB Blake Bortles's success. 

Pros

Perriman is waiting until his pro day to run the 40-syard dash due to an injury, so we won't have an official 40 time for a few more weeks. However, he looks fast on tape and his YPC (yards per catch) numbers back up this sentiment. Perriman has ideal size for an NFL receiver (roughly 6'3 – 210 lbs.) and is difficult to bring down after the catch. He uses his size well when high-pointing the ball and making contested catches down the field (as shown in the GIF below). His combination of size, speed, and ability to stretch the field will make him highly coveted come draft day.

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Cons

One of the biggest knocks against Perriman is that he drops the ball a little more than he should. From what I've seen, he is a bare hand catcher and this problem can be fixed. Another potential negative is that Perriman didn't play against elite competition in the American Athletic Conference and will have a significant adjustment to make once facing NFL caliber defenders. 

Draft Grade

When I first turned on Perriman's tape, I immediately loved what I saw. He has NFL talent and will succeed in the league. I have seen him ranked generally in the 8–12 range among wide receivers in the 2015 class with an average grade of around 3rd–4th round. I knew that once more people got a chance to watch his film, his stock would skyrocket.

Almost on cue, Mel Kiper Jr. vaulted Perriman all the way to the 15th-pick in the 1st round to the 49ers in his latest mock. I love Perriman as much as anyone, but I think 15th is a little too early considering how deep this wide receiver class is. I give Perriman an early 2nd-round grade, but I wouldn't question any team who takes him in the late 1st if there is a run on receivers early in the draft. 

Best Fit

I think Perriman would be a great fit in the 2nd round for a team picking in the top ten that needs help at receiver, as well as other potentially more important positions. One team who could use Perriman's services is the St. Louis Rams. The Rams desperately need playmakers on the perimeter, especially a deep threat to compliment Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.

They could take a receiver in the 1st round with the 10th overall pick; however, I think they would be smart to wait and take full advantage of an extremely deep wide receiver class. If the Rams choose to wait to take a pass catcher, Breshad Perriman would be a smart selection with the 41st overall pick. 

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