Bashaud Breeland is a fourth-year corner who worked his way up from fourth round draft pick to a starting cornerback. He’ll be hitting free agency for the first time this offseason as his rookie contract runs out. In Greg Manusky’s defense, he started at right corner in a man heavy defense. He moved over to the opposite side when Josh Norman was injured.
He was charged with posesion of marijuana during training camp in 2015.
Breeland has a stout frame with average height and solid bulk. He displays adequate athletic ability with good change of direction and balance, adequate quickness and fluidity, and marginal acceleration. He plays like the 4.62 he ran at the combine in 2014.
|CBProspect (Last, First)
|Scout Name (Last, First)
|INJURIES||2017 – Knee(1 Game, WK7)
2016 – Ankle(2 Games, WK4-5),
2015 – No games missed
2014 – No games missed
|KEY STATS|| 8 Career INTs, 59 Passes Defensed,
Played 855 Snaps in 2017, 1 INT, 8 Total Penalties in 2017
|Height||Weight||40 YD||10 YD||Arm||Hand||Vert||3Cone||SS||Broad||Bench|
He’s a physical cornerback that shoots a powerful two-hand jam at the line to reroute bigger WR1s when it lands. Breeland plays tough enough to hold up against the power forward type receivers on the outside. He trails receivers in off-hip position and displays the route anticipation, balance, and change of direction to mirror stop routes.
Breeland is at his best playing with outside responsibility in zone. He plays with his eyes to the quarterback and quickly recognizes route combinations. He rarely takes the bait and can plant and drive on routes. Solid ball skills to get his head around and locate, even on back shoulder fades, and can get a free hand in to deflect.
He never shies away from contact. In run support, he’s quick to identify run/pass and drives quickly to fill the lane. The corner can evade blocks or shoot active hands into smaller receivers to dictate the terms and force the ball in. Breeland is a strong tackler that can take down LeGarrete Blount-types in the open field and gets the receiver down quickly after the catch.
Breeland was caught napping multiple times in the tape views and can miss late with his hands at the line. He’ll open his hips early on stutter releases to lose leverage and lacks the stop/start quickness to recover. Breeland is a liability in man coverage. He’s bites hard on hip feigns at the top of routes and will flip his hips early or bite on double moves. In the tapes viewed, he was beat badly on double moves several times. His speed is below average. He lacks the twitch to cover in-breaking routes. When he feels pressure, he gets grabby at the top of routes and can draw flags.
His hands are average and he can mistime his jumps on the ball.
A rare problem to have for a corner, Breeland can be too eager in run support. He’ll move into the fray too quickly and leave the defense vulnerable to chunk plays. He’s easily moved by TEs and bigger receivers downfield.
Breeland should be a better fit in a scheme that leverages him as an outside zone cornerback. In Detroit, he’d fit best as a backup outside cornerback that could match up with posesion receivers and instill confidence in run support. As such, he’d be a player better to pass on as he’ll likely draw more money elsewhere.
Grade: 4.50(Backup You Can Win With)