Ravens' draft primer: Bashaud Breeland

With 27 days until the NFL draft begins, here is another potential draft prospect for the Baltimore Ravens:


Position: Cornerback

School: Clemson

Height/weight: 5-11, 197

Round projection: Second or third round

File this away: Ejected from Florida State game last year for targeting after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

Good: Breeland has good height and arm length for the position. His strength is press coverage and the ability to close. He's a rangy playmaker who led Clemson with 17 passes broken up and four interceptions last season as a junior. Breeland is known for good work ethic and passionate play.

Bad: He lacks ideal speed and can get beat deep. It was surprising to see him turn pro after just one season as a full-time starter. Breeland is lean and needs to get stronger.

Bottom line: The Ravens will be attracted to his aggressive mindset, and they could be intrigued by what their coaching staff can do with his raw cover skills. This would be a good investment because it allows the Ravens to upgrade at nickel back and groom a young corner into a starter. The Ravens may face a tough decision in 2015, when Lardarius Webb has an $11 million salary cap number. Breeland has experience as a safety, but Todd McShay has him rated as the draft's eighth-best corner.