Speedy free agent options for the Kansas City Chiefs offense
By Matt Conner
4. Breshad Perriman
Perhaps the single fastest free agent of all is former first round selection Breshad Perriman. Perriman. The Baltimore Ravens selected Perriman at No. 26 overall in the first back in the 2015 NFL Draft in a gamble on deep speed, but like many track star players, Perriman failed to turn his elite speed into something productive on the field.
Last season, however, a year in Bruce Arians’ system with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers turned things around. Perriman set career-highs with targets (69), catches (36), yards (645), and touchdowns (6). Jameis Winston created a lot of stats for a lot of players (including defensive backs), and Perriman’s stat bump was a big part of the story.
Further examination yields an even more interesting twist. Perriman came alive only toward the end of the season, with 504 of those yards coming in his final five games of the season—the second highest-total down the stretch (DeVante Parker). It was as if he was either not healthy before then or needed some time to learn Arians’ system.
Suffice it to say, Perriman came alive like almost no other receiver in football near season’s end, which is going to make a lot of scouts scratch their heads wondering if he’s finally unlocked his skill set. Remember, Perriman ran the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day in 4.24 seconds (and again in 4.27 seconds), so his elite speed is a rare find in professional football.