Routes - While he isn’t the most dynamic athlete to create separation for himself, Breeland is a physical route runner that does well to stack opponents and create leverage. Generally has good pace and timing in his routes and arrives to his landmarks on schedule. Scheme and technique is required for him to get open.
Hands - Doesn’t fight the ball and demonstrates sound ability to snatch the football. Does well to hang on through pending contact and isn’t loose with the football. Can be a touch tardy at times to get his hands aligned to greet the football but it’s a minor gripe.
Ball Skills - Really emerged as a vertical receiving threat in 2019, showcasing sound ability to track and adjust to the football in the air. Has an above the rim game and is able to extend his catch radius in the air. Has good body control and concentration at the catch point.
YAC Ability - He’s physical and competitive, showcasing a potent stiff arm as he battles for extra yardage. Won’t be a priority to provide chances to create for himself but he will decisively work up the field. Modest athletic profile limits appeal in this area.
Play Speed - Executes with good tempo and timing but his athletic profile is modest. Isn’t a threat to angle away from defenders and gain ground. Operates within the scheme but isn’t likely to create much for himself outside of structure.
Play Strength - Has some positive moments exchanging contact as an in-line blocker. Like his physicality releasing into routes and at the catch point. Brings the fight with the ball in his hands working after the catch.
In-line Blocking - Has experience doing it and he competes. Doesn’t appear to have great functional strength or thickness in his lower half to truly generate movement. He’s a positional blocker that works hard to establish his frame but there is growth needed for him to find success at the next level. Has a tendency to drop his head and unhinge from blocks too easily. Needs advantageous angles.
Space Blocking - Generally does well to blend patience and urgency to collapse and connect with moving targets under control. Is guilty of being too assuming and will get his eyes in the wrong places and pass up targets he should be working to seal.
Versatility - Oregon tasked him with lining up as a receiving and blocker in-line, from the backfield, flexed out wide and in the slot. Won’t be foreign to any responsibilities assigned to him in the NFL. That said, he doesn’t have across-the-board upside despite his experience and utilization.
BEST TRAIT - Ball Skills
WORST TRAIT - Athleticism
RED FLAGS - Season-ending leg injury 2019
NFL Comp - Jake McGee
Despite playing in only six games in 2019, Breeland set new career-highs in receptions (26), receiving yards (405), and touchdowns (6). While a leg injury cut his final season short, Breeland enjoyed his most productive season at Oregon. His most effective usage comes in the passing game where he demonstrates good hands, ball skills and toughness at the catch point. With that said, his modest athletic profile limits his appeal to be overly productive at the next level. He’s an experienced blocker that has worked in-line and flexed, but he has technical flaws and needs to get stronger to be productive in the NFL. While Breeland is a tough competitor, his lack of exciting athletic traits and growth needed to become an effective blocker likely profiles him as a depth player in the NFL.