Clemson cornerback Bashaud Breeland thought he was going to be drafted in the second or third round.
As it turned out, he had to wait until the fourth. And it was, at times, an excruciating wait.
“I thought I was going to end up [in the] second, third [round]—that’s the information I was getting,” said Breeland, who was selected No. 102 overall by the Redskins on Saturday. “[Friday] night was a tough night, but I kept my faith [and] helped me get through the night. I knew the draft wasn’t over. As long as I got a spot, that’s all I needed.”
Now, he’ll have the opportunity to play alongside one of his childhood role models, DeAngelo Hall.
“Hall, he was one of my favorite corners growing up,” Breeland said. “I modeled my game [after him]. He’s very good.”
Breeland didn’t sound as though he was expecting to be picked by the Redskins. The South Carolina native said he had limited contact with team officials during the draft process.
Asked to describe his game, Breeland said he’s physical, has ball skills and has enough versatility to play a number of positions in the secondary. Last season, he finished with 56 tackles, 10 defended passes, four interceptions, two sacks and two forced fumbles. He also plays special teams.
Breeland added that he had two reasons for leaving Clemson after his junior season: his 11-month-old daughter, Jaelle, and the belief that could be a high pick.
“I just felt like I was one of the best corners in this draft, that I could compete with the best of them,” he said.
Rookie minicamp begins Friday in Ashburn.
“I just want to come in and help the team any way I can,” Breeland. “Make a positive impact on the team whether it’s on special teams, whether it’s coming off the bench, whether it’s starting. Whatever my role is, I want do it well and do it well enough to help the team win.”