Bashaud Breeland believes he's ready for the NFL.
He'll get his first chance to prove it on Tuesday when he works out for scouts, coaches and league executives on the final day of the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Breeland, who declared for the draft after his redshirt junior season at Clemson, produced at a high level throughout his college career - first as a scout team MVP in 2010, then as a regular on Clemson's 2011 ACC championship team, and over the past two seasons as a starting cornerback.
Injuries hampered Breeland as a sophomore in 2012, but he came back strong last fall, shared the team leaf in interceptions with four, and made 74 tackles.
NFL Network analyst Mark Mayock says Breeland is "long and he can run," and he projects him as a third or fourth-pick in this year's draft.
Breeland measured in over the weekend at 5-11, 197 pounds. He'll be tested today in the all-important 40 yard dash and various other performance stations, and will also work in position-specific drills.
Following is NFL.com's pre-Combine analysis of Breeland:
Strengths: Athletic and loose-hipped. Fluid movement skills. Quick-footed. Can shadow, mirror and stay in phase. Plays with a sense of urgency and is aggressive supporting the run. Good back-side lateral-pursuit effort.
Weaknesses: Plays into the boundary. Can be controlled and steered by bigger blockers - lacks physical play strength. Tends to bend at the waist and overextend, resulting in missed tackles. Exposed vs. Florida State's Rashad Greene. Could stand to play more under control.
Bottom Line: Very lean, rangy, athletic cover man who shows up well in run support and has good length to match up with big receivers. Will require technique refinement, but he has an aggressive playing temperament that will appeal to coaches and moldable tools to develop.