NFP Prospect Focus: Breshad Perriman

One of the most interesting players I have studied in recent weeks in Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman. If any receiver is similar in size, athleticism, and overall receiving traits to Dallas’ Dez Bryant it's Perriman. Perriman is a third-year junior who is entering the Draft as an underclassman. He played in all games as a true freshman in 2012 and has been a starter the last two seasons. In 2013, he finished the season with 39 receptions for 811 yards and a 20.8 yards per catch average. This past season, he had 50 receptions for 144 yards and a 20.9 average per catch. He totaled 13 touchdowns in two seasons. With an average of over 20 yards per catch in the last two seasons, you can see that he is a big play performer. Perriman has excellent size. I would think that he will measure in the 6027 – 215 area at the combine. He has a thick, muscular build with long arms and big hands. As an athlete, he is quick, fast, explosive, and has excellent jumping ability. When he goes up for a ball, he wins in most cases. While I doubt Perriman is a burner, he is fast enough. He will most likely run in the mid to upper 4.4’s this week at Indianapolis. I would also guess that his vertical will be in the 36" to 38” range and he will long jump about 10’6. What separates him from many other receivers is his explosiveness and power. He is very quick off the line and into his routes. He has excellent body control and can break down and get in and out of a cut very quickly and easily. He does a good job using his body to shield the defender from the ball. He has excellent hands and will consistently make the difficult catch. In saying that, he also has some concentration lapses and will drop some catchable balls. After the catch he is like a running back with the ball. He has a quick burst to pull away and also has the loose hips, quick feet and run instincts to make defenders miss in space. He is powerful and almost like a running back in space once he gets the ball in his hands. He shows toughness and courage in traffic and consistently competes for the ball when defenders are around. He is also a good open field blocker when others have the ball Overall, like most college receivers, Perriman still needs to develop his overall skills but he has the rare traits needed to become a dominant NFL receiver early in his career. Right now, you don’t hear Perriman’s name much in the same conversations about the top receivers in this draft. After this week’s Combine, I expect that to change as I’d be surprised if Perriman doesn’t put on a strong showing. I see him being drafted in the middle part of the first round, and he will play and contribute as a rookie. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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