Mel Kiper’s second mock draft didn’t have a change at the first pick nor with the Lions’ pick, but one big change that got people talking was Kiper’s pick for the San Francisco 49ers with the 15th overall pick. It hasn’t been a popular player in first round mock drafts but Kiper went with Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman.
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"One of the bigger sleepers in the 2015 draft class at this point, Perriman is a player I’ve grown to really like as I’ve spent more time going through his tape. At one time I had him as a likely second-round pick, but now I see him as a close call in terms of overall ability next to the top few wide receivers in this class. He’s got size, and strength, and is going to run really fast at the combine and be a guy who can both stretch defenses vertically and also make plays over the middle and in traffic."
That should be a familiar surname to Lions fans. Breshad is the son of former Detroit Lions wide receiver Brett Perriman. Originally a second round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 1988, Perriman made a name for himself in the NFL as a member of the Detroit Lions from 1991-1996.
His 108 receptions in 1995 ranks third all-time in Lions history, trailing only Herman Moore’s 123, also in 1995, and Calvin Johnson’s 122 during the 2012 season. Perriman’s 1,488 yards in ’95 stands as the fifth-best single season receiving total in franchise history.
"I gave him the pros and cons from me having a background and told him what was said about him. I said here’s the pros, here’s the cons, you have to weigh your decision on what you want to do. I’m not gonna tell you to do something because it’s got to be your decision."
Kiper notes the big play ability as well as the ability to work the middle of the field. Both skills are evident in his highlight film.
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