Who We're Watching: Bashaud Breeland
February, 11, 2014
By Kevin Weidl | ESPN.com
Joshua S. Kelly/USA TODAY SportsBigger defensive backs such as Clemson's Bashaud Breeland are needed to counter taller WRs.As we start to get deep into our film study, there is a clear trend of taller and longer cornerbacks forming within this year's class.
We mentioned a few weeks ago at this year's Senior Bowl that an inordinate number of cornerbacks checked in over the 6-foot mark (five), including Nebraska’s Stanley Jean-Baptiste (6-2⅜), Utah’s Keith McGill (6-3), Lindenwood’s Pierre Desir (6-1⅛), NC State’s Dontae Johnson (6-2) and Liberty’s Walt Aikens (6-0⅝). That’s not including top-ranked corner Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State who is listed, unofficially, at 6-0 and 199 pounds.
Bigger corners are en vogue in the NFL these days in an effort to counter the influx of bigger, more physical receivers like Calvin Johnson, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, all of whom are downfield/red zone matchup nightmares when the ball is in the air. Teams are starting to trade a few hundredths on a 40 time or a slight step down in terms of fluidity for size and overall range outside the hashes.