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Cedric Peerman (RB)
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 216
College: Virginia
Conference: ACC
Hometown: Gladys, VA
High School: William Campbell
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Selected by: Baltimore Ravens
Round: 6
Pick (Overall): 12 (185)
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Pick Analysis: Peerman is a good kick returner. He is a great value at this point in the draft. He's got good toughness and has catching ability out of the backfield. He also knows how to execute a variety of offensive systems and passes the eyeball test. He provides Cam Cameron with another versatile player in the backfield.
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Overview

Chances for a Cavalier running back being noticed by NFL teams when your team finishes 100th in the nation in rushing in 2006, 79th in 2007 and 108th in 2009 are understandably slim, at best. But after professional scouts missed the boat on North Carolina's Willie Parker (Pittsburgh) several years ago, they were not about to let another underrated Atlantic Coast Conference running back go unnoticed. Peerman might have only started 18 games at Virginia during his career due to injuries, but many opposing defensive coordinators agree he ranks with the elite runners in the league.


Peerman had to patiently wait his turn behind Jason Snelling, now a fullback for the Atlanta Falcons, before being given an opportunity to start in 2007. He piled up 585 yards by the midseason point, but an ankle and foot injury vs. Middle Tennessee State sent the Cavalier tailback to the operating table and then to the sidelines, standing around on crutches while watching Mikell Simpson seize his starting position.


Peerman was limited in 2008 spring drills, but returned fully recovered by fall camp to reclaim his starting job as a senior. Leg problems again forced him to sit out one game, but after a rough first part of the season, he would go on to lead the team in rushing and receiving an earn an invitation to compete with the rest of the country's elite prospects at the 2009 Senior Bowl.


At William Campbell High School, Peerman was a standout two-way player during his four-year career and further displayed his athletic ability as a state champion sprinter. The Prep Star All-American compiled several of the top offensive totals in state history. He scored a state-record 708 points and ranks second in state history with 112 touchdowns.


The two-time All-State choice gained 5,078 yards rushing and added 787 yards receiving, producing five 300-yard games and 23 100-yard games on the ground. The state Player of the Year as a senior, he rushed 222 times for 2,016 yards and 43 touchdowns and also caught 12 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns while having a kickoff return for another score. He led the state with 45 touchdowns, while his 280 points are the third-highest total in state history.


Peerman earned first-team All-State, All-Region and All-District honors as a junior, as he ran for 2,048 yards and 43 touchdowns, and caught 22 passes for 367 yards and seven more scores as his team won the state championship. He rushed for 317 yards and scored a state-record seven touchdowns in the state title game. As a sophomore, he rushed for more than 1,000 yards after moving from wide receiver to running back midway through the season.


Peerman was a standout sprinter and long jumper on the track team. He was the state champion in the 100 meters as a junior and senior and also placed fourth in the long jump and triple jump, and eighth in the shot put to lead his school to state championship as a senior. He also started on the basketball team. As a senior, he received the DAR Good Citizen Award for the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.


In 2004, Peerman enrolled at Virginia, where he suited up for six games, but did not play, retaining freshman eligibility. Despite starting just the Syracuse clash in 2005, he ranked sixth among Atlantic Coast Conference first-year players with 237 yards and three touchdowns on 70 carries (3.4 avg). With the special teams struggling, he took over kickoff return duties later in the year, ranking second in the league and 22nd nationally with a 25.8-yard average on 21 runbacks.


Peerman again caddied for Jason Snelling in 2006, appearing in 12 games. He had just 46 rushing attempts, good for 153 yards, having his best production on kickoff returns. He averaged a career-best 27.3 yards on 19 returns, ranking 12th in the nation in that category.


With Snelling having left for the National Football League, Peerman moved into the starting lineup in 2007. Through the first six games, he rushed for 585 yards on 113 tries, including five touchdowns, leading the team despite missing the final six games. His injury vs. Middle Tennessee forced him to the sidelines after he underwent Lisfranc foot surgery.


Foot problems continued early in 2008 (unrelated to his previous injury), as Peerman started 10 times in 2008. The All-ACC honorable mention finished with a career-high 774 yards on 153 attempts (5.1 avg), scoring seven times on the ground. He also hauled in 44 passes for 193 yards (4.4 avg) and averaged 21.6 yards on five kickoff returns. He closed out his final campaign with 1,075 all-purpose yards.


High School

Attended William Campbell (Gladys, Va.) High School, playing football for head coach Brad Bradley...The Prep Star All-American compiled several of the top offensive totals in state history...Scored a state-record 708 points and ranks second in state history with 112 touchdowns...The two-time All-State choice gained 5,078 yards rushing and added 787 yards receiving, producing five 300-yard games and 23 100-yard games on the ground... The state Player of the Year as a senior, he rushed 222 times for 2,016 yards and 43 touchdowns and also caught 12 passes for 203 yards and two scores while having a kickoff return for another touchdown...Led the state with 45 touchdowns, while his 280 points are the third-highest total in state history...Earned first-team All-State, All-Region and All-District honors as a junior, as he ran for 2,048 yards and 43 touchdowns, and caught 22 passes for 367 yards and seven more scores as his team won the state championship... Rushed for 317 yards and scored a state-record seven touchdowns in the state title game...As a sophomore, he rushed for more than 1,000 yards after moving from wide receiver to running back midway through the season...Standout sprinter and long jumper on the track team...State champion in the 100 meters as a junior and senior and placed fourth in the long jump and triple jump, and eighth in the shot put to lead his school to state championship as a senior...Also started on the basketball team...As a senior, he received the DAR Good Citizen Award for the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.


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Analysis

Positives: Short, thick build that appears capable of handling NFL punishment. Quick to the hole. Good lateral agility to make defenders miss. Runs with surprising authority. Can bounce to the outside and has the burst to get to the second level. Might lack elite stopwatch speed, but plays fast and can pull away in the open field. Soft hands out of the backfield. High effort player who makes those around him better.


Negatives: Lacks the bulk teams are looking for in a bell-cow runner. May have to be a change of pace back in the NFL due to his struggles in staying healthy. Missed second half of 2007 with Lisfranc surgery on his right foot and missed time last season with a bruised knee. Very small hands, which scouts fear will lead to fumbles. Didn't help his cause in this area with a fumble during the Senior Bowl.


Injury Report

2007: Suffered a right ankle and foot sprain vs. Middle Tennessee (10/06) and was forced to wear a protective boot, but later in November, team doctors performed Lisfranc foot surgery that would force him to miss the final six games.


2008: Did not play vs. Duke (9/27) due to a foot sprain...Left the Maryland contest (10/04) when he lost stamina in the third quarter.


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