Washington Redskins 2014 Draft Pick: Bashaud Breeland, CB

Streeter Lecka

Hogs Haven looks at the Redskins’ fourth round pick of the 2014 draft.

Bashaud Breeland

4th Round Pick (102nd Overall)

College: Clemson

5'11" 197 lbs

Cornerback

2013 Season: 74 tackles, 17 passes defended, 4 interceptions

Breeland is a physical defensive back who played all over the field and saw some time at safety as a member of the secondary with Clemson.  He is not afraid to stick his nose into the action when playing against the run and is an extremely versatile athlete.  While watching his highlight footage, he could be found playing up on the opposing team's best receiver, playing back in center field, or lining up tight to blitz.  Breeland will bump and press in coverage and is effective on special teams as well.

What Breeland does not bring to the table, however, is straight-line speed and his 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine was only 4.62.  He uses his physicality to make up for it, which can sometimes lead to more pass interference calls than one would like, and he needs to improve on looking back for the ball when covering.  When he feels like he's getting beat, he has a strong tendency to grab at the receiver.  In addition, even with his physical play, he is only an average tackler.

Bottom Line: Bashaud Breeland .

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Ok, just kidding.  I love this pick in the fourth round.  He looks big out on the field and can be imposing when lining up against shorter receivers.  He has a solid frame, and if nothing else, can come into Washington right away and be a good addition to the special teams unit.  This year, the Redskins have DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson, Tracy Porter, Richard Crawford, EJ Biggers and Chase Minnifield in the mix at corner.  Breeland will be given time to develop and can learn from the veterans in front of him.  In college, he was good at using his body to keep receivers where he wanted them, even though he was not very fast.  If he can continue to master that skill and make it translate into the NFL, he has the tools to have a solid career at cornerback or free safety.

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