Clemson Tigers cornerback Bashaud Breeland was easily one of the best players heading into the third day of the 2014 NFL Draft, and he would have been a second-round pick had there not been character concerns raised. Draft insider Tony Pauline reported yesterday that Breeland would take a tumble on the second day of the draft, but I didn’t expect him to fall out of the second and third rounds entirely.
The Redskins didn’t draft a defensive back with their picks yesterday, so it was good to see Bruce Allen make the move to add an impact player to the defensive backfield with the team’s fourth-round pick. Breeland was a projected second-round pick, so he’s a huge steal for the Redskins in the early fourth. I think his character concerns are incredibly minor, and he’s the type of long cornerback that is coveted in this league nowadays.
Breeland is also one of those defensive backs with the versatility to play at safety due to his speed, size, range, and ball skills, but he’s clearly ticketed for a starting gig as a cornerback in the NFL. The Redskins secondary isn’t a plus unit by any means, but Breeland makes them significantly better. This is the second straight year in which the Redskins were able to get a steal at DB, as they scooped up N.C. State’s David Amerson last year.