Breshad Perriman blazes at UCF Pro Day Ryan Gillespie, Central Florida Future
After skipping the NFL Combine due to a hamstring injury, former UCF wide receiver Breshad Perriman had just two chances to nail his 40-yard dash.
With all 32 teams represented at Wednesday's UCF Pro Day, Perriman dug into the turf with his shiny gold cleats, took position and took off. Off to the right, about 30 yards down the track stood four-time Super Bowl champion and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
Perriman was focused on his fundamentals and tried not let his focus be broken by those in attendance.
In about 4.25 seconds, he was done and NFL scouts and coaches in attendance were left stunned. The NFL record for the 40-yard dash was set by Chris Johnson at the NFL Combine when he blazed a 4.24. A few scouts who were in attendance had Perriman clocked below a 4.2, but the consensus was in the 4.2 range.
"I felt good about it, but at the same time I felt I could've done better. I felt like I could've run a little faster," Perriman said. "I was pretty eager to run another one."
And so he did. Once again, he posted another sub 4.3-second time.
"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.
"It was a significant day for him."
The 40-yard dash capped off a banner day for the Miami native who was measured at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds and posted a 37-inch vertical leap.
"I was very nervous," Perriman said. "Yesterday, I just couldn't stop thinking about it, I had a hard time sleeping at night. I kept waking up."
Perriman trained in Texas with four-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson, and then in Miami at Pete Bommarito Performance. His meteoric rise up draft boards started when he appeared in the first round of ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper JR.'s mock draft, and soon after, he appeared in Mayock's first round.
After his performance Wednesday, he may have cemented himself in the first round come April 30.
Rannell Hall improved on his NFL Combine 40-yard dash and said he ran a 4.41 and a 4.47.
Former linebacker Terrance Plummer showed off his body transformation, and was able to notch 25 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Unable to perform because of an ACL injury he sustained late in the season, J.J. Worton was in attendance and said that he is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation. He was able to jog and run and will be cleared to cut soon.
Belichick appeared to be the only NFL head coach in attendance, and representatives from all 32 teams checked in at the Pro Day.
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.