Breeland Speaks

Mississippi
DT

Prospect Info

College
Mississippi
Hometown
Class
Jackson, MS
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
283 lbs
33 3/4”
Hands
9 7/8”

Prospect Grade

5.58
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Kansas City
Chiefs
Round 2 ‧ Pick 14
40 Yard Dash
4.87
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
110.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.63
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.65
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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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. The Jackson, Mississippi native and four-star recruit was a defensive tackle initially, redshirting in 2014 and then starting two of 13 games played the following year (32 tackles, 5.5 for loss, one sack, two pass breakups). Speaks played in every game again as a sophomore, starting seven, making 28 tackles, 1.5 for loss, and a sack.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
Ricky Jean-Francois
Overview
After a relatively dormant first couple of seasons, 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. He has the upside to become an eventual starter, but his floor must be taken into account.
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
  • Punches with good hand placement, arm extension and rolled hips when allowed to two-gap
  • Has attitude and edge
  • Flashes potential to become more proficient with hands as a weapon
  • Able to play ahead of move blocks and disrupt into backside gaps
  • Plays with plus awareness
  • Responds well to flow of the play
  • Offers a little more pass rush than expected as power end
  • Pairs hands and feet to help free him as interior rusher along the edge
  • Arm-over move has some potential
Weaknesses
  • Had just one season of big production
  • Inconsistent at leveraging gap
  • Plays top-heavy with high pad level
  • Allows blockers under his pads when attacking gaps
  • Hip-tightness leads to narrowing of his base
  • Struggles to hold ground against down blocks and can be rolled out of the gap
  • Has straight line speed, but lateral agility and foot quickness are average in tight quarters
  • Goes over the edge with emotions
  • Chippy hitter willing to lead with helmet when play is ending
  • Ejected for targeting against Kentucky and ejected against Mississippi State for two unsportsmanlike penalties

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league