Breshad Perriman showcased last week what those of us in Orlando already knew: He is a really, really good football player.

The eyes of NFL scouts lit up in the Nicholson Fieldhouse when he blazed his first 40-yard dash. While times weren't definitive, scouts clocked Perriman everywhere from 4.15 to 4.26. The NFL record at the Scouting Combine is 4.24.

"He ran faster than I expected and I think most of the league expected. When you run 4.25, that's significant," NFL Network's lead draft analyst Mike Mayock said. "I think what it does is it places it in the conversation with those top three guys."

The top three guys meaning Alabama's Amari Cooper, West Virginia's Kevin White and Louisville's Devante Parker — all hailing from Power-Five schools.

But Perriman, and other UCF players, still face "small-school" bias, even though UCF probably has the best athletic program across the board of teams not in a Power-Five conference. For three years, Perriman has shined the brightest in a loaded receiving corps, and is poised to take his dynamic skill set to the NFL.

Last week, he weighed in at 225 pounds, 6-foot-3 and had a 37-inch vertical leap. Combined with the 40-yard time, Perriman has perhaps the most tantalizing skill set of any team in this draft.

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But will teams be scared to pull the trigger on the guy from the non-Power-Five conference in the first round? Will they take a chance on someone who didn't face "great" competition?

Despite UCF's track record of consistently putting players into the NFL, it still isn't viewed as an NFL pipeline.

And although UCF might have five players drafted this season, had a top-3 pick last season and has even seen players who drafted late — Kemal Ishmael, A.J. Bouye and Latavius Murray — play significant roles for teams last season, people are still surprised when UCF has top prospects.

It seems that this will continue, and UCF's current class of players will be selected late, overachieve and many will carve out roles on teams for a lengthy career.


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Perriman was just one of a few players to have an impressive Pro Day, but his time brought much-needed attention to the UCF program and to players currently being overlooked.

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report's NFL Draft analyst, wrote last Friday that after Perriman posted a great time on his first attempt, he said his hamstring was tight and didn't want to run again. It turned out that Perriman did run again, and essentially ran the same time.

The wide receiver has proven to be what NFL teams crave: large and very fast. But who is going to be too scared to make him their first-round pick?


Ryan Gillespie is the Editor-in-Chief at the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at


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