Steelers Doing Homework Or Serious About Perriman?


The Steelers have their hands full in this year’s draft.

It’s all about the defense, early and often. Or at least it seems it should be.

The truth of the matter is the Steelers will draft offensive players. The question is – when?

The team is bringing in a small battery of players to interview and potentially work out one on one with coaches. A visitor from Friday could signify that the Steelers would be willing to draft an offensive player as early as the 2nd round. Or are they just ‘doing their homework?’

UCF’s Breshad Perriman visited the team on Friday. The standout Knightro wide receiver had a solid college career. Perriman is an early entrant to the draft, but his junior year appeared to be strong enough in a class that lacks a lot of wow factor at the WR position.

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Perriman reeled in 41 receptions for 906 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014. He added another nine receptions and 138 yards against NC State in the Bitcoin Bowl.

Perriman has always been projected as a second or even third round option. He runs solid routes and has decent speed, but has a history of dropping very catchable passes.

However, his pro-day workout boosted his projections. A reported sub-4.3 40 yard will do that.

Perriman can now go as early as the first round, especially if his 40 is closer to 4.2. There are some teams hungry for wide receivers who could be interested, especially if there’s an early run on them for the Cooper, Parker, and Dorsett fans.

A serious question – If Perriman is available in the 2nd round and the Steelers get their edge rusher or corner in the first, would they take him?

Seems a little difficult to imagine. With the stellar Antonio Brown, poised for break-out season Martavis Bryant, and ever improving Markus Wheaton already on the roster, it seems like Perriman would be an unwise selection.

The last thing the Steelers need is another Limas Sweed – tall, good speed, but struggled at the NFL level because he couldn’t consistently catch.

Now, if Perriman fails to impress enough with his speed and falls to the third round, I can see the front office use a pick on him then. He’s certainly an upgrade from Dri “The Toy” Archer.

I feel it highly unlikely that Perriman falls to the 3rd round, but anything is possible in the draft. I’m just chalking this up to the Steelers doing their homework and filling out their BPI board a best they can.

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