Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson (HT: 5'11⅜”; WT: 197 lbs.)
Fourth Round: 102nd Pick
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- He’s a natural athlete who has an impressive smoothness to his movements.
- The smoothness and ability to quickly change directions help overcome some of the agility concerns.
- Good size at just under six-feet tall, and has extremely long arms that hang well past his waist.
- Good distance speed; he showed he can run with any receiver he lines up against.
- Has great ball skills; able to high point the ball and rip the pass away from the offensive player. He attacks as if he is entitled to the ball.
- Technically sound stance, as his balance and pad level are advanced. He keeps his lower body underneath his shoulders to stay bouncy and in control of his movements.
- Best in press coverage, where he can use his length to jam the receiver and stunt the route.
- Surprisingly clean hips for a bigger defensive back. He clicks his hips and transitions with ease, which for bigger corners are usually much stiffer, and it costs them significant ground against the receiver.
- Unusually strong upper body, as he shows off when he pancakes receivers blocking him.
- Fairly quick throttle down when defending comeback routes.
- Standout special teams player as a gunner. He routinely gets down the field first and is in position to make the tackle.
- High ceiling and potential due to size and athletic ability.
- Focuses on the receiver more often than the ball. To provide more opportunities for turnovers, he will need to recognize and anticipate incoming passes more quickly.
- Despite strength, he doesn’t use his hands well enough when shedding blocks. He does not make many plays against the run. Too often he will stay conservative and just block a running lane, letting a teammate make the tackle.
- Slow to reach full speed with very average acceleration. His length can help offset this, but against quicker receivers he is vulnerable.
- Struggles in off-man coverage due to acceleration and short area burst. Most evident in off-man coverage when he waits too long to turn and run.
- Route recognition isn’t as good as an NFL-ready cornerback. He’ll wait until the receiver is almost parallel before he transfers his weight and runs downfield.
- Average tackler in space due to high tackling form. He needs to get low and explode towards the ball-carrier instead of absorbing the back and falling backwards
- He was a 3-star prospect out of Allendale, S.C.
- He will graduate with a degree in community recreation, sport and camp management.
- 2012 featured a hamstring injury that held him back, but 2013 was an injury-free year that led to an All-ACC Second Team selection.
Breeland was a standout for a Clemson defense that didn’t have much talent in the back end, and he projects as a player who can make significant contributions in the second year of his career. He needs technical work, but his physical ability and smoothness is near the top of the class. With bigger cornerbacks being the new NFL obsession, Breeland should be picked early.
Draft Projection: Second Round