INDIANAPOLIS - Nobody has seen Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman in an NFL game yet. However, general manager Ozzie Newsome is anticipating Perriman being ready when the team begins its offseason workout program in mid-April, after missing all of last season with a knee injury.
“Just the smile that he had on his face when I saw him, I can anticipate at some point this spring he’ll be out there ready to play,” Newsome said during his NFL combine press conference.
While the Ravens will track wide receivers closely at the combine this week, having a healthy Perriman could change the priority of their needs. Perriman was a first-round pick last year, and was supposed to be the deep threat to replace Torrey Smith after he signed with the 49ers.
Many scouts think this year’s wide receiver class is far weaker than last year’s. The Ravens aren’t likely to draft a wide receiver in the first round again, unless they trade down from the No. 6 spot.
The Ravens may opt to add a veteran wide receiver who becomes a cap casualty, and they could still pluck a wide receiver in Rounds 2 through 7. However, Perriman’s health remains one of the keys to the Ravens’ 2016 season. And Newsome remains hopeful that he will finally get to see Perriman do what he was drafted to do.
“I would hope so,” Newsome said. “I thought that was going to happen last year.”