It has been three weeks and one day since the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft was completed. Rookie minicamps have been completed, giving us a first look at the newest NFL players. With the first round picks seeing the field for the first time, who are they expected to replace on their respective rosters?
With the 26th overall selection, the Baltimore Ravens took Breshad Perriman, a wide receiver out of Central Florida.
At 6-foot-2, 212 lbs with a 4.24 forty-yard dash time, Perriman possesses rare triangle numbers, which had NFL teams drooling over his potential.
However, he is still a raw receiver in terms of route running and he dropped more than his fair share of passes for the Knights.
In 2014, as a junior, he caught 50 passes for 1,044 yards and nine touchdowns. This average of 20.9 yards per catch ranked sixth in the nation and he had more total catches and yards than any other player in the top ten.
Wide receiver was arguably the Ravens biggest need in the draft, as they lost Torrey Smith in free agency and didn’t sign a replacement.
Smith is one of the better deep threats in the NFL and was an essential piece in the Ravens’ offense, catching 49 passes for 767 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.
Quarterback Joe Flacco has one of the strongest arms in the NFL and the Ravens have always made sure to take advantage of this. With Smith gone, there was no deep threat on the roster.
Enter Perriman, who is not only owns a faster forty-yard dash time, but is also two inches taller.
Like Perriman, Smith entered the NFL as a raw receiver with questions about his hands and route running. Over time, he worked on his game and put these concerns to rest. Baltimore will be expecting even more development from Perriman, with the hope that he can become a true number one receiver––something Smith never did.
As a rookie, Perriman will start and take over Smith’s role as a deep threat for Flacco.