Originally posted on DraftAce  |  Last updated 3/28/12
Casey Hayward CB Vanderbilt #19 Ht: 5’11″

Wt: 192

  Strengths: A good all-around athlete who looks fluid in both zone and man coverage. Looks very comfortable in zone coverage; does a great job reading the quarterback and is quick to adjust once the ball is in the air. Demonstrates solid all-around instincts. Isn’t afraid to play up at the line of scrimmage despite his lack of size. Quick to step up in run support. Good ball skills; does a nice job becoming the receiver once the ball is thrown. Plenty of experience against top competition. Has experience on special teams coverage. Weaknesses: Size is a concern; height is average and overall bulk is lacking. He doesn’t back down from tough assignments, but he may simply lack the size and strength to matchup with some of the more physical possession receivers at the next level. Willing to play the run, but rarely sheds solid blocks and may simply lack the strength to do so. Speed is only average, which hurts his ability to make up for his lack of size. Missed time in 2009 with migraine headaches. Comments: Hayward is a solid cornerback who does everything well, but lacks the measurables to project as anything more than an low-level starter at the next level. His lack of size and strength limits his upside, and it even impacted his role at Vanderbilt. For example, against South Carolina he was only lined up against Alshon Jeffery a handful of times and in the one jump-ball situation they got into, Hayward was called for a blatant pass interference penalty. He has value as a mid-round pick and could be a solid nickel corner, but don’t expect anything more than that. Videos: 2011 vs South Carolina
2011 vs Arkansas
2011 vs Cincinnati 
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