Breeland discusses jump to NFL

Bashaud Breeland was fairly certain the Orange Bowl would be his final game in a Clemson uniform.

The decision clearly didn't seem to have a negative impact on his play that night.

Breeland finished with eight tackles in the 40-35 win over Ohio State, plus a fourth quarter strip/sack that led to a turnover by the Buckeyes.

Voted to the All-ACC second-team, Breeland led Clemson in interceptions [four] and pass breakups [13] in 2013. He also had 74 tackles during his redshirt junior season.

Breeland arrived to Clemson in 2010 by way of Allendale-Fairfax High School. A four-star safety, according to, Breeland started 24 games at cornerback during his three-year playing career.

"Personally, it's best for my family and me right now," Breeland said. "I feel that the talent pool at the corner position in the NFL Draft is not that strong, so I feel like I can really get a chance to help myself in the draft."

The NFL Draft Advisory Board gave Breeland a third-round grade.

"I'm currently in Florida in Boca Raton, training with Tony Villani," Breeland said.

Uncertain of whether or not he'll get an invite to the combine, Breeland wants to "work on the little things" before the draft.

"I can get more flexible, foot work, just little things," Breeland said.

At Clemson, Breeland finished with 159 tackles, six interceptions and 20 pass breakups.

"It was up and down, as far as injuries and everything," he said. "My play level was up and down. Coming in and playing as a freshman, I had an OK season. Sophomore year, I got in a sophomore slump because of injuries and what not.

"I really maintained my focus through this season, my junior season, so I could be on a platform this and have a decision like this. Coming into the season, this is something I wanted to do, to build a platform for myself and have the opportunity."

Breeland thinks he could add a lot of value to an NFL defensive backfield.

"My toughness, my knack for the ball, and I'm just a hard worker. I love the game. I love to play the game of football," he said.

At the time of publication, Breeland was one of three underclassmen from Clemson to declare early for the draft. He, Martavis Bryant and Sammy Watkins make up the largest group of Clemson underclassmen to forgo their senior season. Stephone Anthony and Vic Beasley, both of whom are believed to still be mulling the decision, could also leave school.

Breeland thinks that speaks to the state of the Clemson program.

"It just says that Clemson is becoming one of those elite programs," he said. "We're bringing in the top recruits and we're also bringing in the [under the radar] recruits and producing them to be big-time players in the NFL as well." Top Stories