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Redskins take CB Bashaud Breeland in fourth round of NFL Draft

Clemson defensive back Bashaud Breeland knocks the ball loose as he tackles Maryland running back Albert Reid in an Oct. 2013 game. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins made their first move to address their secondary through the NFL Draft, drafting Clemson cornerback Bashaud Breeland with the 102nd overall pick on Saturday.

Breeland, who projected by most draft analysts as a late-second to third-round pick, described his wait the past two days as challenging. But he expressed relief that it didn’t drag on any longer, as Washington took him with the second pick of the fourth round.

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“Man, I was excited. Before I got the call and I was kind of nervous,” Breeland said. “I didn’t know if I was going to get it early or get it late. But now I’m just ready to get to work. It was a tough night. But I just kept my faith. It helped me get through it. As long as the draft wasn’t over, I know I just needed a shot.”

Breeland opted to leave Clemson after his junior year despite the possibility of going higher in the draft next year. But he did so because of the need to support his 11-month-old daughter. Breeland also said he had confidence in his game, and that he still views himself as one of the better cornerbacks in the draft.

“My physicality, my ball skills and my versatility,” Breeland said when asked what separates him from other corners. “I can play multiple positions. I’m not just a corner.”

In the 5-foot-11, 197-pound Breeland, the Redskins got a player that they envision primarily as a special-teams contributor this season and a potential go-to option as their nickel back in 2015.

Breeland said he had no problem coming in and contributing primarily on special teams initially.

“I just want to come in and help the team in any way I can, make a positive impact, whether it’s special teams or coming off the bench,” said Breeland, who during his time at Clemson played on the kickoff, punt and punt return units. “Wherever they need, whatever my role is, I want to help this team win.”

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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