By Rob Long

With the 26th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select… At that moment, Ravens fans held their collective breaths. Who will they get? Other than in 2008 when the team selected Joe Flacco out of the University of Delaware, I don’t think I’ve ever really known who the team was targeting.

This year, the Ravens used that pick to address a definite need. Let’s be honest, I don’t care how many times the team’s brass told us they liked the wide receivers who were on the roster, I did not and I desperately wanted them to address it.

Two weeks ago, I was in love with the possibility of Central Florida’s Breshad Perriman. I loved his size and his tremendous speed. What I did not love were reports him his inability to catch the football. If the Draft took place in mid-April, I would be ecstatic.

Today, I’m torn. I still remember the guy who impressed me with his raw athletic skills but I’m hearing the doubters in my head about his weaknesses. When my co-host, Vinny Cerrato used the phrase, “double catch” in his scouting report of Perriman, it scared me.

So, here we are with a player who I initially loved but then did not love so much. I’m hoping the Baltimore Ravens can get all of the things from this young man that I saw during the college season. I’m hoping he develops a very productive relationship with receiving coach Bobby Engram and becomes a better route runner. After all, when you draft a receiver in the first round, your hopes are that he becomes a number one receiver.
 

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