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Haden has been a dream on defense

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Monday, April 19, 2010

    Joe Haden became the first true freshman to ever start at cornerback at the University of Florida, more by trial and error than with a purpose.
    “When I first got to Florida I had a little dream, I was going to play quarterback, but they had somebody named Tebow there, so that kind of went out the window,” Haden said, referring to Tim Tebow, who would win a Heisman Trophy and could be taken in the first round of this week’s draft. “Then I changed to receiver and I was second-string behind Percy (Harvin, a first-round pick in 2009). I just couldn’t get right. After that, Coach (Urban) Meyer asked me if I felt like going to the defensive side of the ball. At first I just wanted to play. I came in spring, so I had a lot of time to adjust. He moved me to corner, something I never did before.”
    Haden excelled his first season, with 12 passes broken up and an interception. He broke up 12 passes and had three interceptions in his second season. As a junior, as teams threw his way with less frequency, he still had 10 breakups and four interceptions.
    It was a no-brainer for him to leave school early, and he will almost certainly be the first cornerback taken in Thursday’s draft. The big question is how high he will go.
    Haden hopes to show by where he’s taken in the draft that the workouts don’t make the man.
    Still, he probably helped himself with a better 40-yard dash time (4.39) at his Pro Day than the pedestrian (for a cornerback) 4.57 he ran at the NFL Scouting Combine. There was little doubt anyway that Haden would be gone in the first half of the first round, but he might have gone higher if he ran faster.
    “How fast they run the 40, that’s great,” Browns coach Eric Mangini said at the NFL owners meetings last month. “It’s how fast they can get from where they are to the guy with the ball. I think that’s a lot more important. Go back to Rodney (Harrison). He ran slow but played fast, a lot faster than his times. … I thought (Haden) played faster than his combine speed.”
  2. szarmes

    szarmes I am the Walrus

    Jan 11, 2010
    Johnny I know you're the "news guy" but we have no chance of landing him so most people will brush this off... But in regards to his combine 40 time, most of the times were off so it doesn't make a difference. He still plays fast and is an awesome corner
  3. Workplay

    Workplay scompl

    Dec 24, 2009
    I believe he had a pulled muscle in his back or something like that but he went to the combine anyway. In my opinion, 4.57 is fast for a guy with an injury, and 4.39 speaks for itself. He should go in the top-10 and no way does he drop past the 49er's at #13.
  4. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Not a shot at anyone here - both szarmes & workplay already stated Haden's issues at the Combine & his fine play during the season.

    Just driving home a point once again that too many fail to grasp .... Combine workouts should NOT override game tape. NEVER. A poor Combine (or unexpected good one) should only be a trigger to go back, review the game film, & see what you may have missed.

    Dropping or raising a guy in your draft based SOLELY upon a good combine or Pro Day should automatically make you a member of the Al Davis School for NFL Drafting. :yes:
  5. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

    Jul 27, 2007

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