Breeland Speaks Draft Profile

Breeland Speaks draft profile

Strengths:

  • Big man with good speed and plus athletic ability
  • Has experience at a variety of spots along defensive line
  • Has size and length to play in odd or even front
  • Has attitude and edge
  • Punches with good hand placement
  • Plays with plus awareness
  • Responds well to flow of the play
  • Offers a little more pass rush than expected as power end
  • Arm-over move has some potential
  • Flashes potential to become more proficient with hands as a weapon

Analysis: Breeland Speaks finished strong in his final year in Oxford, sacking the quarterback six times in the team’s final six games from the defensive end position. He started all 12 games for the Rebels in 2017, posting 67 tackles, eight for loss which included seven sacks to garner second-team All-SEC by league media. For his size, he has great speed and athleticism–he ran the 40 in 4.87 seconds at the combine showing off his speed. He will give teams versatility to use him in multiple fronts and schemes. He can play end in a 3-4 or tackle in a 4-3. Mean streak is there, but sometimes gets him into trouble. Hands flash on tape as potentially elite. Awareness of blockers in front of him, recognizing blocking schemes as they unveil before him.

Weaknesses:

  • Had just one season of big production
  • Inconsistent at leveraging gap
  • Plays top-heavy with high pad level
  • Goes over the edge with emotions
  • Has straight line speed, but lateral agility and foot quickness are average in tight quarters
  • Ejected for targeting against Kentucky and ejected against Mississippi State for two unsportsmanlike penalties
  • Leads with helmet

Analysis: After a relatively dormant first couple of seasons, Breeland Speaks turned his flashes into production while operating from a variety of positions along the Ole Miss front. He can be chippy and emotional on the field and needs to mature, but he has the talent and ability to continue getting better. He’s inconsistent at the point of attack along the interior and his best fit could be at an end spot in a 3-4. Only one season at Ole Miss can be called productive. He plays with a high pad level and will lose leverage battles in the NFL if that continues. Lateral agility is average. Passion for the game turns into unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. He leads with his helmet and in college was called for targeting twice, getting ejected both times. Needs to get control of his emotions on the football field.

Size: 6’3 283lbs

Draft Grade: 4th Round

NFL Comparison: Dominique Easley

Draft Projection: Round 3-5

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