The hype behind former UCF wide receiver Breshad Perriman is growing.
It started with Mel Kiper, Jr. projecting Perriman No. 15 overall in his latest mock draft. It continued Monday when NFL Network lead draft analyst Mike Mayock discussed the potential for the 6-foot-3, 215-pound wide receiver.
"I put the Perriman tape on about three weeks ago and I almost fell over," Mayock said in his pre-NFL Scouting Combine conference call Monday. "I had a bunch of people tell me he didn't have good hands, and boy, do I disagree with that, even though he's got more drops than he should. There's kind of a way to interpret that. A wide receiver who has too many drops should have bad hands, right?
"Well, I looked at his hands and say he makes acrobatic catches, he makes high-point catches, he makes contested catches, however, once in a while he drops an easy ball, but I think he's a natural hands catcher."
The Scouting Combine kicks off this week for Perriman and three other former Knights — Rannell Hall, Clayton Geathers and Jacoby Glenn — and will be aired throughout the week on the NFL Network. Perriman and Hall will do their on-field workouts, including their 40-yard dashes, on Saturday. Glenn and Geathers have their workouts Monday.
Historically UCF players have fared well at the Combine. Recently, Blake Bortles was praised for his competitiveness for particpating and two years prior Josh Robinson blazed a 4.33 40-yard dash time — the fastest time of any player at the 2012 Combine.
While UCF could have multiple players drafted, its class will likely see Perriman come off the board first. The 40-yard dash could be most important for Perriman.
"To me, he looks like a first-round wide receiver," Mayock said. "I need to see what he's going to run this week. If he runs 4.50, 4.48, 4.51, people are going to be looking at him as a potential first-round wide receiver, and they should."
However, who comes off the board next is up for debate. Could it be Glenn, a second-team All American? Or perhaps one of UCF's Senior Bowl standouts, Hall or Geathers?
It appears if Mayock was a betting man, he would be leaning toward Glenn.
"The other kid there that really impressed me a lot was the defensive back, Glenn," Mayock said. "Didn't know much about him. He plays almost all off coverage, but he's got really good feet, made a lot of plays on the ball and will tackle. I think he's quietly moved up some boards. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he's a third-round corner."
Ryan Gillespie is the Editor-in-Chief at the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @rgillespiecff or email him at RyanG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.