Will Breshad Perriman join the recent trend of rookie receivers making an immediate splash?
The Ravens drafted Perriman to be an impact rookie, taking him with the 26th pick overall. We’ll get a better idea of Perriman’s progress during mandatory minicamp this week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday).
The success of rookie receivers in recent years gives the Ravens more hope that Perriman can be a reliable playmaker from Day 1. Three rookies had more than 1,000 yards receiving last year – Odell Beckham of the Giants (1,305), Mike Evans of the Buccaneers (1,051), and Kelvin Benjamin of the Panthers (1,008).
Eight rookies had at least 50 catches – Beckham (91), Jarvis Landry of the Dolphins (84), Benjamin (73), Evans (68), Jordan Matthews of the Eagles (67), Sammy Watkins of the Bills (65), Brandin Cooks of the Saints (53), and Allen Hurns of the Jaguars (51).
With the passing game so prevalent in college football, receivers are entering the NFL more game ready. And Perriman has factors working in his favor. After losing Torrey Smith in free agency (49ers) and cutting Jacoby Jones, the Ravens will give Perriman every opportunity to be their primary deep threat. Playing with an experienced quarterback like Joe Flacco also gives Perriman an edge. If Perriman gets open consistently, Flacco will find him. Perriman also has the size (6-foot-2, 212 pounds) to make tough catches in traffic, and the strength to avoid being jammed at the line of scrimmage.
Beckham, Evans, and Benjamin walked into the NFL like they had been playing for five seasons. The Ravens hope Perriman can do the same.