Breshad Perriman: Plenty of Potential, Key Word Potential


When the Baltimore Ravens drafted Breshad Perriman with the 26th pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, they didn’t know they wouldn’t see him play in his rookie season. They drafted an incredibly fast wide receiver from UCF, who had unbelievable physical ability. While we wait to see the Ravens top pick on the field, we have to remember that he has incredible potential.

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This is a young man who wowed at his UCF pro day with a 4.22 second 40 yard dash. He had a good vertical jump of 36.5 inches. Coming into the NFL Draft he seemed like a player that had incredible potential. That potential didn’t go anywhere.

If Perriman was an aging veteran, I would be skeptical. He is 22 years old, he should have a full recovery. I am still not convinced that at a certain point in the Ravens disastrous season, they didn’t just shut him down as a precautionary measure. The Ravens had to look like they were trying to win, but we all know about half way into the season, the future looked more important than the present day.

Perriman had explosive numbers in 2014 with the UCF Knights. He got to 1044 yards with just 50 catches. He scored nine touchdowns. To use one of my favorite terms, he was a big play waiting to happen. The Ravens weren’t foolish to draft Perriman. They drafted him for a reason.

Now going into the 2016 season, we can only hope that Perriman shines. The Ravens could very well bring in Mike Wallace. Wallace would serve as a receiver with top-flight speed and an insurance policy to Perriman. If Perriman is who the Ravens thought he was, they won’t let any defense off the hook (See what I did there?).

A receiving corps. of Steve Smith Sr., Perriman, Aiken and Wallace would be pretty formidable. The Ravens would have a chance to really shine at the wide receiver position. There are two question marks here.

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Do the Ravens pull the trigger on the Wallace signing? Does Perriman live up to his potential in his quasi-rookie campaign? Perriman has a lot of potential. The key word there is potential. We still have yet to see him play. The insertion of Perriman’s speed would have a transformative effect on the Ravens offense. Just imagine if Wallace’s jets came to the Ravens as well.