Hayward is a ballhawk, plain and simple ending the season with five interceptions, 54 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss and nine passes broken up.
Hayward has adequate size and may start out as a slot corner, but his high level ball skills will allow him to fit into any NFL defense.
More importantly Hayward is very good against the run, and does a great job in coming up to the line of scrimmage and tackling.
So What are the experts saying:
“According to Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl of ESPN’s Scouts Inc., Hayward has been very good at reading quarterbacks and routes and making plays on balls in front of him. The Scouts Inc. guys like Hayward’s toughness, but question whether he’ll ever be a great one-on-one cover cornerback in the NFL because he lacks “ideal fluidity.
Hayward is going to make a team happy, he has the tools to translate to a solid #2 cornerback in the league, and should not have a problem fitting into any schemes.
He may lack ideal hip turn, and seem to cheat in breaks in order to make up for that, but he has a natural flow to his coverage skills that allows him to make a play on the ball when thrown, and never be out of position.
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