Draft Profile: Breshad Perriman (WR)
The Secret is Out- UCF’s Immensely Gifted Receiver Who is Flying Up Draft Boards
Unknown prospects often surface in the week preceding the NFL Draft, and see their stocks rise immensely as the big day approaches. UCF’s Breshad Perriman came out of nowhere, and is currently in the discussion for teams selecting in the middle of the first round. The former Knight is an elite physical player, but is incredibly raw. This profile examines Breshad Perriman, one of the riskiest, yet most promising players that most fans have never even heard of.
6’2” / 212lbs.
40-Yard Dash: 4.24 sec. (Pro Day)
Vertical Jump: 36.5” (Pro Day)
Broad Jump: 10’7” (Pro Day)
Bench Press: 18 Reps (Pro Day)
2013: Avg. 20.3 yards per catch
2014: 20.9 yards per catch
2014: First Team All-AAC
Breshad Perriman’s tape is incredibly deceiving. You see a receiver who appears to be 6’5”, and looks immensely stronger and faster than any defender attempting to cover him. The fact that he stands at 6’2” and only weighs in at 212lbs is shocking. Perriman constantly uses his strength to out-muscle defenders when coming back to the ball, and is rarely disturbed by corners jamming him at the line of scrimmage. He also has remarkable jumping ability, and possesses great instincts as to when he should make a play on the ball. Perriman possesses one of the best traits a pro receiver can have, which is elite box out ability. He knows how to position his body so that only he can catch the football, edging out defenders. This is a skill that is hard to teach, and Perriman’s natural proficiency in it will be a huge advantage for him when adjusting to the NFL.
Breshad Perriman did not participate in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, but was able to showcase his impressive speed at UCF’s pro day, posting times of 4.24 and 4.27 seconds. This would have tied Chris Johnson’s record at the NFL Combine if he had participated in Indianapolis. Perriman’s tape is a testament to this speed, as he is constantly seen beating defenders deep down the field on big plays. Perriman’s speed is neck-and-neck with that of UM’s Philip Dorsett, but Perriman has much more impressive strength and toughness when playing to the football, potentially giving him a higher ceiling than Dorsett when they reach the pros.
Perriman is about as raw as a receiving prospect can get. While his physical gifts warrant him first round consideration, he is far behind where he should be on the technical elements of his position. Perriman’s route running is not up to par, and he will struggle early on to adjust to complex NFL route trees. His physical abilities allowed him to slide by on lazy routes in college, but the same will not hold true in the pros.
Perriman also struggles to react quickly when the ball is thrown, as he often struggles to pull his hands up in time to catch the football. NFL wide receivers cannot drop passes, and Perriman will have to work hard to correct his sloppiness and technique catching the ball. Luckily, this is a coachable issue, and will be a top priority for coaches when they are grooming Perriman for the NFL.
Level of competition is also a concern with Perriman, having played at UCF. He was able to physically bully defenders against opponents like ECU and NC State, but NFL cornerbacks will not be beaten as easily. If Perriman can clean up his routes, and maintain focus on catching and working back to the football, it will greatly improve his ability as a true wide receiver, and will make him a much bigger threat in the NFL.
Fitting with the Fins:
Miami could benefit greatly from selecting a player like Breshad Perriman. He would provide help on the deep ball, and could be an improvement over Mike Wallace in terms of toughness. Wallace was known for giving up on plays easily, while Perriman has a reputation for fighting to make every single catch he can. If Devante Parker is gone when the team is on the clock, and if Miami is convinced that wide receiver is the place to go in the first round, then the Central Florida playmaker could be a good option for the Dolphins at 14. Breshad Perriman comes with a high risk, but the former UCF Knight could have a big impact as a playmaker in Miami, and would help stack the deck for Ryan Tannehill heading into 2015.