The Washington Redskins owned one of the NFL‘s worst pass defenses in 2013, but the team decided to add a few pieces this offseason by signing journey-man Tracy Porter and then by selecting Bashaud Breeland formerly of Clemson via the fourth round in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Breeland, a 5-foot-11, 198-pound corner, is quite the athlete at the corner position which is something Washington clearly values in its corners.
Breeland is a long, lean, and rangy cover corner who has the athleticism to excel as a No. 2 corner at the next level in the right situation. His length is certainly something Washington values as he uses his body to mirror receivers well, while also playing aggressive enough to come up in run support. The former Clemson standout is a high-motor player who gives 100-percent effort on every play.
Breeland does need to work on his tackling technique, however, as he misses too many tackles due to sloppy form. He lacks the ideal long speed at the position (4.62 40-yard dash) and needs to bulk up a bit to become stronger to play press in the NFL.
Breeland is likely in the mix for one of the starting corner positions on the Washington depth chart. The top position is wide open at this point with Porter and DeAngelo Hall both as better fits for the nickel position. If Breeland can excel during training camp and the preseason he could become one of the team’s starting corners while Porter and Hall battle for the No. 1 corner duties.
Look for Breeland to make an impact this season for Washington as one of the team’s top-three corners as well as on special teams as a gunner.