Bashaud Breeland heads back into training in preparation for NFL draft

'I feel that my biggest strengths are my ball skills, my closing speed and my physical ability'

Clemson defensive back Bashaud Breeland runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Clemson defensive back Bashaud Breeland runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Bashaud Breeland wrapped up a solid, but unspectacular showing at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday and will now return to training in preparation for the NFL draft in May.

Breeland was of only a handful of cornerbacks that went through the full-range of drills on Tuesday. He posted a top-15 mark in the broad jump with a distance of 10-3, and narrowly missed top-15 marks in several other drills.

Breeland was officially clocked at 4.62 seconds in the 40-yard dash, had a 34.5 inch vertical jump, ran the three-cone drill in 7.04 seconds, and had a time of 4.33 in the 20-yard shuttle.

He had 11 225-pound repetitions in the 225-pound bench press, and was sixth of just seven who competed in the 60-yard shuttle, with a time of 11.65 seconds.

Top marks among cornerbacks included a 4.37 40 by Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert, 22 bench press repetitions by Florida Atlantic's Keith Reaser, a 41.5 vertical jump by Nebraska's Stanley Jean-Baptiste, an 11-1 broad jump by Lindenwood's Pierre Desir, a time of 7.04 in the three-cone drill by Oregon's Terrence Mitchell, and a 11.65 in the 60-yard shuttle by N.C. State's Dontae Johnson. Four cornerbacks tied for the top mark in the 20-yard shuttle at 4.00.

South Carolina's Victor Hampton also competed among the cornerbacks and had the following marks: 40-yard dash, 4.69; bench press, 20; vertical jump, 33.5; broad jump, 9-10; 3-cone drill, 7.01; 20-yard shuttle, 4.20; 60-yard shuttle, 11.57.

In an interview with New Age Scouting's Scott Porter, Breeland said he plans to resume training with Tony Baloney and is currently "working on improving all areas of my to prepare me to be the best I can when I get my shot in the NFL. I'm working hard. I'm learning the process and taking in as much as I can. I'm making the transition and working as hard as possible so I can get to where I want to be."

Breeland is generally projected as a mid-round pick.

"I feel that my biggest strengths are my ball skills, my closing speed and my physical ability," Breeland told Porter. "I feel I have the physical tools to play at a high level in the NFL."

Breeland said that a team that drafts him will get "a hard worker who has great leadership skills and understands what it takes to play at the professional level."

"They will be getting a player who is very dedicated," he said. "They will be getting a great athlete who will perform well and be reliable when called upon. I will do whatever it takes to help my team and improve myself."

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tigerrob44#291802 writes:

The 2013 game looked like all this talk of a big talent gap was true whereas the 2012 game down there looked like the opposite may have been true for more than half the game. We lead them by 14 points with 10 minutes in the 3rrd and if you remember Sammy overthrew a touchdown pass or we would have had a 21 point lead. We fell apart after that for whatever reason. Last year’ game was a fluke because we just played very bad from the beginning and they had a big talent gap and we couldn’t overcome it. Let’s see how well they move the ball on our defense next year down in Tallahassee and then we will have more facts to base this on. Remember we were 5 and 5 against them the prior 10 games. The 2013 game was A-typical whereas the 2012 game was more of a history based outcome
They had better players in 2012 but not that much better than our guys and next year we may beat them again;

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