Clemson Tigers cornerback product Bashaud Breeland is regarded as one of the most talented second day prospects at the position, and his draft stock was helped by the fact that nine defensive backs were taken in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The top cornerbacks are off of the board, but Breeland’s draft stock is actually set to take a tumble.
Draft insider Tony Pauline reports that the 6’0″, 185-pound DB had “several run-ins with the law” recently, and while most of them were “minor infractions”, these are red flags; the same kinds of red flags that caused Bradley Roby to slip a tad. Pauline reports that one of Breeland’s arrests were for speeding at over 100 miles per hour, and he was also driving without a license in that same incident. Furthermore, Pauline adds that teams are concerned about Breeland’s “classroom habits”, and all of this means that it’s important to watch for the Clemson product closely today.
A projected late second-round pick, it will be interesting to see if Breeland falls into the third round, and his red flags could be a blessing in disguise for teams in need of cornerback help picking in the early third who may not have had the opportunity to draft Breeland without these concerns.
He ran forty times in the mid-4.5s during the combine, and he is a long, rangy corner with intriguing ball skills and ability in press coverage. While Breeland needs some polish and can get burned a little bit too often, he has good upside.