It appears the Ravens got another Torrey Smith by selecting Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman with the No. 26 overall pick in the first round.
I don't know if the Ravens tried to trade up to get Missouri defensive end Shane Ray, but I would have. Forget all the stuff about the marijuana possession. He is a college kid. That is probably a problem with a lot of college kids, not just prospective NFL players.
Ray would have been a nice selection for the Ravens, but apparently had too much baggage as far as the marijuana charge and a foot injury that could sideline him for months, possibly the season. The Ravens decided to stay the course and select Perriman. He is a big target with pedigree. His father, Brett Perriman, played receiver in the NFL for 10 years and had two 1,000-yard seasons with the Detroit Lions.
The younger Perriman averaged nearly 21 yards a catch during his last two years at Central Florida. Perriman has great speed, running the 40-yard dash in 4.22 seconds. He has long arms and can get deep.
Unlike Torrey Smith, Perriman has soft hands and will go up to challenge defensive backs for the ball. But like Smith, he drops passes. We're not talking about tough catches, but easy ones where the ball hits his hands and he drops the ball.
Perriman also is not a good route runner, which was a problem for Smith as well. Smith could run go-routes or slant-ins, but struggled where he had to cut and come back to the ball.
I'm not sure if Perriman was worth being selected in the first round. In fact, I may have traded back into the second round if the offers were right. But it's too late now. The Ravens allowed Smith to go to San Francisco in the offseason, but added a bigger clone Thursday night.