Round 5 Analysis: Steve Breaston

From going offense to going defense, to completely blindsiding us by taking Michigan's Steve Breaston.

On our Big Board, Michigan wide receiver Steve Breaston was listed as a Priority Free Agent.  Someone that could be a worth a shot in the seventh round, but certainly not a fifth round guy.  And, after the news that John Windling was going to be the guy, definitely not someone we thought the Cardinals would take at this point.

However, given recent personnel decisions made by Arizona, it does make sense for them to go after a guy like Breaston.

With the loss of Troy Walters in free agency, the Cardinals had a void that they needed to fill in the punt return game as well as someone to distract the defense from Bryant Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, and Anquan Boldin when they go with four receivers.  Breaston is now that guy, given that Sean Morey was more of an acquisition for special teams rather than the receiving corps.

Built like a third receiver (6', 178), Breaston is dangerous with the ball in his hands in the open field and had success as a punt returner during his time in Michigan. 

During his career there, he amassed 156 receptions for 1,696 yards (10.9 average) and 10 touchdowns.  He also had a punt return for a touchdown last season and averaged over 12 yards per return, amassing over 3,500 return yards and 5 TDs throughout his time at Michigan.

He's shifty, has tremendous agility and excellent hands.  He's undersized, though, especially to be a receiver on the Cardinals, and doesn't have the kind of explosive speed to get deep. 

At best, he will most likely amount to a possession receiver at the NFL level and needs to make his mark in the return game in order to get on the roster and stay there.

There are ways he can help the Cardinals and areas where he can help them, especially on special teams.  He's a good fit for the team, but it's odd that Arizona decided to spend a fifth round pick on him, given the fact that they seemed to be targeting other players with this pick and would most likely have had a shot at him in the seventh round, or even in the undrafted free agent market.

Good guy, good fit, too soon.


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