While the success of any draft pick is never guaranteed, here are five reasons why I like Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman as the Ravens’ first-round pick.
1. Perriman has grown up around NFL football players.
His father, Brett Perriman, played in the NFL, and Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin was a mentor. Having that kind of background, he knows what it takes to succeed.
2. He has the speed to make an immediate impact.
Perriman’s ability to run past defenders will give the Ravens a crucial dimension after losing Torrey Smith.
3. Perriman will have an excellent mentor in Steve Smith.
Few, if any players practice harder than Steve Smith. He won’t allow Perriman to coast, and should help him improve.
4. The threat of Perriman’s speed should help the entire offense.
He will take safeties out of the box, which should help the running game. Perriman should also create room for other receivers.
5. Perriman isn’t a one-trick pony.
He has the size 6-foot-2 to be effective in the red zone.
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