Baltimore Ravens pick UCF's Breshad Perriman No.26 in the 2015 NFL Draft

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Baltimore Ravens pick UCF's Breshad Perriman No. 26 in the 2015 NFL Draft

Breshad Perriman is Baltimore-bound.

The UCF receiver broke his own news on twitter that the Ravens made him the No. 26 pick a few minutes ahead of 2015 NFL Draft TV broadcast on ESPN and the NFL Network late Thursday evening. 

Perriman, who will join fellow Knights Kamar Aiken and Jah Reid in Baltimore, is the highest drafted receiver in UCF history. Alum Bernard Ford previously held the record as the Buffalo Bills selected him as the 65th pick in the third round and Mike Sims-Walker was the last Knights receiver to be drafted in 2007.

His selection also makes him just the third player in school history to be selected in the first round of the draft with Blake Bortles nabbing the No. 3 pick last season by the Jacksonville Jaguars and Daunte Culpepper taking the No. 11 pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 1999. 

"I'm very, very happy. Anytime you get picked in the first round it's a very big blessing. Even though I played the game, for me, I'm so happy and so proud,"  Perriman's father Brett told the Orlando Sentinel Thursday night. "He went through a lot. He put the work in and worked through a lot of trials and tribulation. For him to come to this point and get this accomplishment and now be picked in the first round to validate that...I'm so happy. I'm happy right now."

The move to Baltimore should be a comfortable one. His grandmother lives in Fort Washington, located about 45 minutes from the city. Two former UCF players are currently on the roster and first year Ravens offensive coordinator, Marc Trestman, previously coached Brett Perriman at the University of Miami in the early 80s.

"He has a great organization that'll help him develop even more from where he is right now," Brett Perriman said.

The Baltimore pick wasn't a huge surprise to Perriman as the organization was one of the first teams to express sincere interest.

But the selection did drop him slightly lower on the draft board from where several analysts projected him to go before the 20th pick. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. even once listed Perriman as high as the No. 10 pick on his final mock draft board.

Perriman was the fifth receiver to be selected behind Amari Cooper (Oakland Raiders), Kevin White (Chicago Bears), DeVante Parker (Miami Dolphins) and Nelson Agholor (Philadelphia Eagles).

The 6-foot-3, 214-pound outside receiver declared early for the NFL at the end of his junior season. He shot to national prominence after catching a 51-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to secure a repeat American Athletic Conference championship for UCF. Perriman further cemented his name on UCF's Pro Day where he was clocked running between a 4.24 to 4.27 in the 40-yard dash, which would have given him the fastest time at the NFL Combine.

Perriman heads to the NFL with with 2,243 yards, an average of 19.5 yards per reception and 16 touchdowns in 39 games played for UCF football. The son of retired NFL receiver Brett Perriman really left his mark with his big play making abilities. He averaged 20-plus yards after catch for the past two seasons and 14.9 yards per catch during his freshman season.

He was selected as the team's most outstanding receiver last season among a talented senior group which included Rannell Hall, Josh Reese, J.J. Worton and Jackie Williams.

Additionally, Perriman was the first player since Mike Sims-Walker in 2006 to collect at least 1,000 receiving yards during a single season. He finished with 1,044 total receiving yards on 50 receptions, nine touchdown passes and averaged at least 80 yards per game during the 2014 season.

Perriman will report to Baltimore Friday.

 

E-mail Shannon Owens-Green at sjowens@orlandosentinel.com. Follow her on Twitter at @osknights.

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