Redskins draft Clemson CB, Tulane WR on Day 3

By JOSEPH WHITE - AP Sports Writer
    2014-05-10 14:20

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - On Day 3, there's no pretense about showing up and claiming a starting job right away, so Bashaud Breeland talked about learning from DeAngelo Hall, and Ryan Grant contemplated finding his place alongside DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts.

The Washington Redskins invested in depth and prospects Saturday at the NFL draft, choosing cornerback Breeland from Clemson in the fourth round and receiver Grant from Tulane in the fifth.

''D-Hall, he was one of my favorite corners growing up,'' Breeland said. ''I model his game. He's a very, very, very interesting player.''

Breeland, the fourth defensive back drafted by the Redskins in two years, had four interceptions for the Tigers last year. He also played on most special teams units, an area of focus for Washington this offseason. He could be an eventually successor to Hall, who turns 31 this fall. In nothing else, he already has some of Hall's bravado.

Breeland said he decided to declare for the draft a year early in part because he has an 11-month-old daughter and in part because, as he put it: ''I just thought I was one of the top corners in the draft.'' He said he thought he would be chosen in the second or third round - then again, no player has ever said he was chosen earlier than he was hoping - said he endured a ''tough night'' when his name wasn't called on Friday.

''As long as I get a shot, that's all I need,'' Breeland said.

Grant had 77 catches for 1,039 yards and nine touchdowns for Tulane last year. He has a reputation for having good hands, but scouts have questioned his intangibles and strength. If he makes the team this year, it will be because he can help on special teams - most of the passes are going to Jackson, Garcon and Roberts.

''I'm going to get behind those guys,'' Grant said, ''and watch them and follow them and play my part.''

The Redskins are trying to bounce back from a 3-13 season, so just about every position needs depth and development. The process started Friday, when they selected pass-rushing outside linebacker Trent Murphy of Stanford in the second round and a pair of offensive linemen - tackle Morgan Moses of Virginia and guard Spencer Long of Nebraska - in the third. Washington didn't have a first-round selection.

''The draft,'' coach Jay Gruden said, ''is all about adding to your depth.''


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