Going into Central Florida receiver Breshad Perriman’s pro day, he was projected into the borderline of the first and second round. At 6’2″, 212 pounds, the scouting world loved his size and thought he looked pretty fast on tape. He was supposed to get an opportunity to show just how fast he is at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine but strained a hamstring and couldn’t participate.
So he had to wait until his pro day today and he lit that pro day up like no one in the scouting world expected. He reportedly ran in the 4.22-4.27 range which makes him the fastest receiver coming out in the draft this year. Many want to put an asterisk on it, referring to the combine being electronically timed and the pro being hand timed.
But the combine isn’t truly electronically timed, they oddly start by hand and finish through the electronic device. That’s how Amari Cooper, who clearly finished ahead of Kevin White on NFL Network’s simulcast, ended up with a time slower than Whites. If the Combine was purely electronic, we would be able to see the times right away like in the Olympics.
However, one guy I trust is NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock, who’s always within 2 100s of a second of the official time. So if you put Perriman in the combine with Mayock’s time, he’s a 4.20 at the fastest and 4.24 at the slowest, tying for Chris Johnson’s record. But either way, Perriman confirmed the speed the scouting world thought he had and then some.
This isn’t a surprise be it that he is the son of Brett Perriman, who was a world-class sprinter and football player at Miami. He would then go on to play for four teams in the NFL, doing most of his damage with the Detroit Lions. But one concern about the younger Perriman is his 12.96 percent drop rate which is probably why he isn’t projected into the top half of the the draft.
So where do you put him now?
He surely had to have moved up from the 1-2 border with the time he just blazed today. The San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns are all there at No. 15-19. They can all use a deep threat too so I believe one of those teams will take a chance on him in the first round.