Joe Haden

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May 122012
 

 

Cornerback 

Florida 

5-11 189

40 time: 4.43

Draft board overall prospect rank: #9

Draft board cornerback rank: #1

Overall rating: 91*

3/18/10: Turns out that 4.57 40 from his Combine was a result of a sore back. Haden ran a 4.43 40 at his Pro Day, in the rain nonetheless, so I’ll move him back to his Pre-Combine status. He’s still, by far, my top cornerback.

3/2/10: Not going to knock him down too much, but the 4.57 at 5-11 193 hurts his chances to go in the top 10 as he competes with Derrick Morgan, Rolando McClain, and Jason Pierre Paul to go 7th to Cleveland. I do expect him to run a little better at his Pro Day, but really his lack of speed today can be attributed to his running style, which shouldn’t hurt him on the football field. He doesn’t have good track speed, but he has football speed.

A former quarterback and wide receiver, Haden has all of the physical tools necessary for the NFL and he showed this year that he can be an amazing shutdown corner. He plays with great physicality and strength and uses those to shutdown the opposing wide receiver. He doesn’t scream #1 corner at me just yet, but he’s only 20 and in his 3rd year playing the position so if his development continues as it should, the sky is the limit for him. He is good against the run and as a blitzer which are rare, but useful skills for a cornerback to have.

1/23/10: A former quarterback and wide receiver, Haden has all of the physical tools necessary for the NFL and he showed this year that he can be an amazing shutdown corner. He plays with great physicality and strength and uses those to shutdown the opposing wide receiver. He doesn’t scream #1 corner at me just yet, but he’s only 20 and in his 3rd year playing the position so if his development continues as it should, the sky is the limit for him. He is good against the run and as a blitzer which are rare, but useful skills for a cornerback to have.

            10/26/09: Joe Haden may be the most athletic cornerback prospect in the 2010 NFL Draft class. He’s only a junior, but he should be a combine wonder before the draft. He has a great vertical leap, good size, good strength, and great speed. He has experience playing quarterback and wide receiver as well, as he played both in high school. He’s fast and hits hard. He has great hands and makes plays on the ball well. He’s very good in run support and as a blitzing corner. He’s more of a zone roaming corner than a man-to-man corner. He’s better at roaming a zone and making the big play, like a tackle or an interception or a pass breakup, than he is guarding receivers. He can get burnt easily and struggles some with man coverage. He hits like a safety and catches like a receiver, but struggles with some cornerback fundamentals. However, he is extremely athletic and in the right scheme can be a deadly cornerback. He has been starting for Florida since the day he stepped on campus which is quite an accomplishment. He’s been making plays since the day he begin to start which is even more of an accomplishment. He looks as much of a first round lock at corner as anyone right now assuming he declares. He is only 20 years old and a bit of a project so he might be wise to stay in school and improve, but he may be forced out by the threat of a pay scale in 2011.

NFL Comparison: Tracy Porter

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