Dynasty Draft Profile: Breshad Perriman
March 26, 2015 | Chad Scott
*Pro Day results
*MSYD = % of Team Receiving Yardage
When I logged onto to Twitter today, my timeline was filled with Breshad Perriman takes – the hottest of takes. Since that’s my specialty, I decided to put DeVante Parker’s profile on the back burner… for now.
Perriman wowed those in attendance at his Pro Day by clocking a 40Yd time between 4.19-4.27 – which would have made him the fastest man at this year’s combine… had he competed.
It’s important to note hand times are usually faster than electronic times, but there’s no question the dude is fast.
While he didn’t participate in any of the agility drills at the combine or Pro Day, Perriman surprised onlookers with a nice display of hands – something he struggled with in college. His vertical score is a bit concerning, but his height and decent arm length should help negate that.
His market share production isn’t where you’d want it to be, but progressed from 22% to 34% his final two seasons. He had significant progression despite going from Blake Bortles throwing him the ball in 2013 to Justin Holman in 2014. Bortles averaged 65.3% completion % from 2012-2013 while Holman completed just 56.9% of his passes in ’14. We’ll get to drop rates and such as we delve in deeper, but Holman missed or under-threw Perriman countless times on plays that would have gained huge yardage.
Another factor aiding in Perriman’s ascension in draft status is his father, Brett Perriman, who was drafted in the second round in 1988 by the New Orleans Saints. Also a wide receiver, Papa Perriman played ten seasons between the Saints and Detroit Lions. I’m also certain I owned Papa Perriman in my 1995 fantasy league when he and Herman Moore both accounted for over 100 receptions and 1400 yards. I miss Scott Mitchell…
I ran Perriman’s 2014 stats through the Player Game Finder using the following stats:
Equal or greater than 50 receptions, 1000 yards and 20.0 yards/rec since 2000.
It spit out these names:
Snoop Minnis would have been a Twitter favorite on name alone, but seeing names like Andre Johnson, Mike Evans and Roddy White is nice to see. Hell, I can even type Ashley Lelie into an article… finally.
Alright, you want the GIFs and I’m Santa… let’s go.
Perriman’s greatest attribute he brings to the NFL is his speed, especially at his size. I found this little nugget from his Pro Day:
Perriman isn’t known for his route running (at all), but he’s capable of sharp cuts when he wants to. Here, he makes a subtle head move to the right, plants his foot and quickly accelerates to his left. Perriman makes a nice fingertip grab and picks up some YAC in the process:
As simple as it sounds, when I watch wide receivers, I look at how they catch the ball. Technique is so critical at the position and sometimes hand placement is the forgotten trait. Perriman uses his hands, always, to catch (and drop) the ball. Rarely will he let the ball travel into his body. That split second can decide a completion versus an incomplete pass deflection.
Another example of proper technique while showing good sideline awareness in a crunch time moment:
Again, with Bortles, Perriman makes a diving catch with full extension, perfect hand placement to receive the ball:
Blocking isn’t a strength, but this was kind of awesome:
The dude burns like Kid Cannabis, but his hands aren’t always reliable. While he shows good technique as mentioned above and surprised those at his Pro Day. Per Steve Palazzolo, of ProFootballFocus.com, Perriman had a drop rate of 14% – dropping eight of 57 catchable passes.
Breshad Perriman by Route pic.twitter.com/Zj4uxXWeTt
— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) March 25, 2015
Perriman also has a tendency to run lazy routes. Whether he’s the first or third read, he needs to run each route with urgency. To his credit, the cornerback makes a nice read and play on the ball, but Perriman must fight to win these types of situations:
Of his 95 targets, 25% of those came on go routes (also stolen from PFF)… on a side note, I’m super-stoked they’re tracking college games now too. Will be a huge tool for us degenerates once (if) it’s rolled out to the public.
Not the best ball tracker. Perriman can separate, but his lack of adjustments on under-thrown balls are comparable to hot garbage. To be fair, these are horrid passes by Holman…
It’s been said Perriman isn’t the hardest working player, so perhaps that plays a role in this. Also, I wish I could be lazy and put up his 40 time.
Finally, and this can fall under the route or tracking umbrellas (or both?), Perriman doesn’t do himself – or his quarterback – any favors by not coming back to the ball on his intermediate routes. While it’s good to see Perriman catch the ball before hitting his pads/body, he’ll have to add this dimension to his game to have any impact in the NFL due to the poor route running.
In your dynasty leagues, Perriman’s current rookie ADP is 14.67 (#17 overall) over at DLF and that’s my wheelhouse for him as well. There’s no doubt his Pro Day numbers will vault him closer to the 1.12 slot in some leagues, I wouldn’t touch him there. If I’ve learned anything at all the past few years, speed is nice and whimsical, but to play and produce in the NFL takes a combination of so many other things aside from pure speed.
Like other big bodied wide receivers in this class, Perriman is very much a work a progress and those wishing to acquire his services should throw a Guns N’ Roses LP on their record player and loop “Patience” until 2017ish…