With the No. 215 overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans selected Oregon safety Brady Breeze during the sixth round.
After winning the Rose Bowl’s Defensive Most Valuable Player Award, Breeze decided to return for his redshirt senior season before opting out of it entirely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“With lots of deep thought and prayer, I have decided to pursue my lifelong dream and opt-out of an uncertain 2020 Season and prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Go Ducks and God Bless!,” Breeze said in his announcement.
Now, that dream has become a reality.
Breeze, a native of Lake Oswego, had a career-high 62 tackles, three interceptions, three fumble returns including a touchdown, three pass breakups and a forced fumble during a breakout junior season in 2019. He was expected to start for Oregon at safety this fall.
In the Ducks 28-27 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin, Breeze returned a muffed punt for a touchdown over the Badgers, one of three touchdowns he scored during his junior year, tied for the most in the nation during the 2019 season. He posted a career-high 11 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble record for a touchdown.
Breeze, a four-star recruit out of Central Catholic, also led Oregon in tackles in the Pac-12 championship game vs. Utah.
Heading into the 2021 NFL Draft, Breeze was projected to go sometime during Day 3 of the event.