The Ravens went somewhat against their own grain by keeping the 26th selection in Thursday's NFL Draft and selecting wide receiver Breshad Perriman, a physical and fast Central Florida product.
- ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley broke the pick down for the Worldwide Leader, and said it was a good pick for more than just replacing Torrey Smith.
"In terms of fit, the Ravens couldn't have asked for a better offensive prospect to fall to them. Baltimore desperately needed an explosive playmaker, and Perriman is perhaps the most explosive playmaker in this draft. ...
The Ravens had Perriman ranked No. 14 on their draft board, and ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said Perriman has the potential to be a Dez Bryant type of a receiver. It's simple: The Ravens needed someone to strike fear into defenses and Perriman will cause the Steelers, Bengals and Browns to take a few extra steps back."
- Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com gave the Ravens a B+ for the pick in his early grades. Fourteen teams received a B+ or higher for their given picks in his assessment.
"The Ravens needed speed outside in the worst way and this kid can fly. He just needs to be more consistent."
- NFL.com college football writer Bryan Fisher gave the selection a B, deferring to general manager Ozzie Newsome's track record while pointing out some of Perriman's flaws. Only two AFC teams got lower than a B in his grades.
"It's hard to criticize a pick by esteemed GM Ozzie Newsome, but the selection of Perriman is interesting, given his lack of college production and issues with drops. He's a great replacement for Torrey Smith, giving the team some ability to stretch the field, and he lands with the perfect team to learn the game behind some veterans on offense. His tape give some cause for concern, but not much apparently for the Baltimore front office."
- Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke compared him to Sidney Rice, and said he could be a long-term replacement for Smith, even if it doesn't come quickly. He gave the selection a B.
"It was the speed/size combo that had Perriman's stock soaring ahead of the draft, and Flacco should be able to take advantage of it much the way he did with Smith. Perriman's hands were an issue throughout his time in college, and he lacks refinement as a route-runner. But the Ravens still have Steve Smith in tow and a strong run game, so they may be able to mask some of Perriman's weaknesses. Perriman will not be able to fill Torrey Smith's shoes in full immediately, but he could be better than him in the long run. The Ravens just have to be a little patient."
- John Eisenberg, columnist for BaltimoreRavens.com, wrote that Joe Flacco is going to love this pick.
"They needed a home run hitter, a speedy wideout who could "take the top" off defenses, and that's exactly what Perriman is – the fast, big-bodied receiver that fans have long clamored for the Ravens to take with a high pick.
I could practically hear the cheers echoing through Ravenstown when the pick was announced. Yes, by golly, they finally did it. Instead of following their familiar, somewhat sober and time-tested blueprint of going more with linebackers, offensive linemen and defensive backs than ball carriers and pass catchers, the Ravens made a flashy pick."