With the 102nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select Bashaud Breeland CB Clemson. Washington began day 3 in a rather unsurprising fashion finally addressing their secondary need. Just a junior, Breeland decided it was in his family’s best interest to declare early for the NFL Draft and was projected to be a third round selection.
Strengths: The former Clemson cornerback has excellent and size to play the position. On top of this, he plays with great fluidity and has the ability to close on wide receivers with relative ease. Finally, Breeland is great in and out of breaks and could be a potential steal in the fourth round.
Weaknesses: Breeland lacks a bit of toughness in the running game and often times doesn’t have the grit necessary for a professional cornerback. Also, Breeland lacks top end speed and struggles against faster receivers that can beat him on the deep ball. In these situations, Breeland becomes a bit handsy in attempt to compensate for his lack of speed and may draw flags in the NFL.
Bottom Line: For a secondary that has many weaknesses, Bashaud Breeland is a stud of a selection in the fourth round. Breeland will bring much needed size to the secondary and could develop into an excellent cornerback down the line for Washington. Grade: A