Casey Hayward   CB   Vanderbilt      

TALENT BOARD

 Round  6


STRENGTHS

Casey has the athletic skill it takes to be an excellent cover corner in the NFL.  He is quick and fast and can flip his hips quicker than most other corners in this draft.  He has good hands to intercept the ball and does a solid job when his college team uses zone coverage.  Casey has good size to go along with that speed and quickness, which will help him in defending against those tall wide receivers in the NFL.  He has good balance and shows the make-up speed to correct any mistakes he might make when he is in single coverage.  With Casey's athletic abilities, speed, quickness and ability to catch the ball, you would think that he could play on offense as a wide receiver and on special teams as a return man.

 

CONCERNS

Casey never saw a tackle that he did not want to make.  He just doesn't like to tackle.  He will give you some effort, but not much.  He doesn't fight to get off blocks and as far as supporting the run, let's just say he is way behind in his payments.  He is not very strong at all and physical receivers can out muscle him all game long.  He is always looking for the interception instead of the sure tackles and, at the college level, this causes him to miss tackles and allows needed yardage for the offense after the catch.  He looks into the backfield no matter what defense he is in and does not read wide receivers at all.  He lacks situational football intelligence and does not look like he works well with his teammates in coverage at all.  He may be a good teammate in the locker room, but on the field he plays alone.  

 

BOTTOM LINE

It might be better if Casey works out and tries to be a wide receiver because, in spite of his athletic skills, he just does not get how to play his position and he is not strong enough.  His whole body needs to be bulked up along with his arms.  He has to want to tackle and right now I don't see any true interest in learning that part of the game.  I will say this about Casey: he can catch the ball and he has the athletic skill that lends itself to being a wide receiver more than a cornerback.  If I interviewed Casey and worked him out as a receiver and felt he was alright with a move to the other side of the ball, I would look at selecting Casey at some point in this draft because of his quickness and good hands.  But if Casey wants to be a cornerback in the NFL, I think that might be asking too much unless this kid takes a miracle drink, learns to tackle and learns to play smarter.  As a CB, his length to impact (LTI) is far off and that's only if he decides he wants to learn how to tackle.  As a WR and returning kicks and punts, he might give you something the first couple of years -- that's if he doesn't get hurt! 

 

 The BS Detector 

 Drew Boylhart  March /12