2015 NFL Draft: 3 Prospects Flying Under the Radar – Part 3

Bob Scarinci looks at three NFL Draft targets who are flying under the radar: Breshad Perriman, Stephone Anthony and Javorius Allen

Sorry for the long delay folks, but we’re back with another edition of Under the Radar. This week we will take a look at three more prospects. The players in question are Breshad Perriman WR UCF, Stephone Anthony ILB Clemson, and RB Javorius “Buck” Allen from USC.

Breshad Perriman:

Size: 6’3” 214LBs
Receptions: 50
Receiving Yards: 1,044
Touchdowns: 9

Breshad Perriman is the son of former University of Miami great and long-time NFL WR Brett Perriman.

What makes him a good prospect?

Perriman, while not the most polished WR prospect, is definitely one worth keeping an eye on throughout the draft process. He was unable to work out at the combine because of a hamstring injury and will perform the workouts at his pro-day in March.

If you looked strictly at his numbers and had to judge him, you would have a pretty good grasp on half the player Perriman is. He’s averaged 20 YPC over the past 2 seasons and it’s easy to see why. Perriman frequently shows that he wins with an explosive burst and the ability to high point the ball downfield. The clip below shows Perriman exploding vertically for a ball. He gets into the air so quickly and uses his big frame so well that the defensive back didn’t stand a chance, even with Perriman badly mistiming his jump.

Perriman is more than just a big body and vertical threat. He’s able to explode out of breaks in the short-intermediate passing game to create separation and turn 5 yard completions into 15. DBs have shown they really struggle to keep up with Perriman because of his exceptional acceleration.

Where can he improve?

Perriman has quickly become one of my favorite value prospects as he is projected to be available in the 2nd round but clearly shows 1st round burst and size. The areas he can improve are sharpening his breaks and tracking the football into his hands with proper catching technique. There was one poor drop on a vertical route in the NC State game that showed this issue.

Pro Comparison: DeAndre Hopkins
Prospect Rating: Late 1st

Stephone Anthony:
Size: 6’2”, 245LBs
Tackles: 75
Tackles for Loss: 10.5
Sacks: 2.5

Stephone Anthony is a backer with traditional “thumper” skills but the speed and explosiveness of a backer that can stay on the field for all 3 downs.

What makes him a good prospect?

Where Stephone Anthony will make his money in the NFL is on first and second down in the running game. If you put on the tape of Anthony you’re going to see a guy that comes flying downhill ready to make a play on the ball carrier.

He shows great instincts in taking great angles in the running game. When you factor in his speed with these instincts you get a backer capable of playing from sideline to sideline in the ground game. One of the best examples of this that I can find is the first play from this year’s FSU game.

The above play shows the instincts and athleticism to get out to the edge and make a tackle on a ball carrier. The below play is one of my favorites that Anthony made during my film review.

The defensive lineman got a hand on the ball, but the screen never stood a chance because Anthony took off immediately and blew up the first blocker through. He reacted to the screen with the first step from the interior line.

Where can he improve?

Stephone Anthony is great coming towards the line of scrimmage, which is no secret. He however can struggle in man coverage. He is plenty athletic to cover backs and TEs so it is worrisome to see him get as “handsy” as he does in pass coverage. This is an issue that can be corrected with some improved technique but until it does, he should see most of his playing time come in base packages.

Pro Comparison: Curtis Lofton
Prospect Rating: 2nd round

Javorius “Buck” Allen
Size: 6’1”, 220 LBs
Rushing Attempts: 276
Rushing Yards: 1,489
Touchdowns: 11

Javorius “Buck” Allen is a well-rounded back that can contribute both on the ground and through the air for an offense. Allen is a natural receiver, and pretty strong in pass protection as well.

What makes him a good prospect?

Allen looks like he is going to be an exceptional back at the next level. He is blessed with some very quick feet and maintains his balance well while cutting. What separates him from many of the other backs in this class is his vision.

He shows the ability to anticipate and quickly react to holes opening up in the zone game, and then once they do he has the ability to explode through to the second level. He really takes advantage of what was a strong job by the USC interior OL on this one.

Here is an example of Allen using his exceptional feet to make a big play in the passing game.

Where can he improve?

Allen answered questions about his long speed when he ran well at the combine posting an official time in the low 4.5s. The next questions he will have to answer on the field in the NFL is if he can play with power and remain healthy.

He’s a big back at 220LBs but frequently runs upright and gets tackled in some situations where you’d expect him to power through it. The upright running style makes his susceptible to hits to the lower body, which is in line with the lower aiming points the NFL wants defenders to use.

Pro Comparison: Matt Forte
Prospect Rating: 2nd round