Breshad Perriman
Breshad Perriman: From Bust To Game Changer? Perriman could give you the best bang for your buck on the free agent market. (John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Breshad Perriman was taken in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. Perriman was the safety net pick for Baltimore who desperately wanted Marcus Peters in the draft. They settled for Perriman and it couldn’t have worked out worse. The former UCF product last just two years in Baltimore including an ugly 2017 season where he had a paltry 28.6 percent catch rate. Breshad Perriman wasn’t just a bust. This is a guy who was in danger of being out of the league.

As we sit here today, things are very, very different. In fact, it might be fair to even say Perriman is more than just a contributor. He might even be a game changer? As teams get ready to gear up for free agency, should more teams zero in on the former failed first round pick? He could be one of the better bargains in the open market.

Breshad Perriman has been rejuvenated since being released by the Ravens. In 2018, Perriman saw limited action in Cleveland signing a pillow contract. He was probably just happy to make a roster. The Browns gamble was a smart one. Sure, Perriman caught just 16 balls, but the talent started to emerge. Perriman became one of the most lethal deep ball guys (in limited playing time) averaging 21.3 yards per catch. We should have known then that we shouldn’t have given up on Perriman so soon.

It was almost like once Perriman went bald, he remembered how to play again. I remember on draft day, Perriman had those long dreads but it looked so goofy because of how he was balding. Once he got cut, the dreads came off. He’s been a different guy ever since. Bald is in, guys!

The biggest strength has always been speed for Perriman. Part of the reason why he got catapulted into the first round in the first place was that epic pro day work out. Scouts were buzzing. Some had him at a 4.19 – 40 time. Looking back on it, seems very silly considering he didn’t run at the combine.

Regardless, there’s no question that the dude can fly. It’s never been a question. Over the last two years, his deep ball work has been put to the test. Perriman has been lethal in that department. After landing on his feet in Cleveland, Perriman signed a below market deal with Tampa Bay. The Bucs needed a replacement for Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson. They opted for the former first round pick. Let’s just say it worked out.

This past year in Tampa, Breshad Perriman averaged 17.9 yards per reception. Perriman went scortched earth during the final 4 weeks of the year when he got the starting nod for an injured Chris Godwin – Mike Evans. Perriman was thrust into the starting job and he passed with flying colors.

During the final 4 weeks of the 2019 season, Perriman ended the year with performances of the following:

  • Vs Indianapolis: 3 receptions, 70 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Vs Detroit: 5 receptions, 113 yards, 3 touchdowns
  • Vs Houston: 7 receptions, 102 yards
  • Vs Atlanta: 5 receptions, 134 yards, 1 touchdown

Perriman is still flying under the radar. It’s a super deep receiver draft and he’s stuck in a free agent class with Amari Cooper, AJ Green, Robby Anderson, and Emmanuel Sanders. There’s a chance Breshad Perriman gives you the best bang for your buck. Nobody is talking about him because everybody wrote him off as a bust. It’s time to put him back on your radar.

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