This came after Haynes had a great week at the Senior Bowl.
"I think that I proved to a lot of people that I can play with the big boys," Haynes said of his Senior Bowl performance. "Coming into the season, a lot of people focused on Jimmy (Kennedy) and thought that the only reason I made plays was because Jimmy was getting double-teamed all the time. A lot of people forgot that I was getting double-teamed just as much as Jimmy was. I was able to perform and have a good game."
The Bears could be looking at Haynes if they trade down in the first round. At this point it looks as if he'll be a mid to late first round selection.
Haynes is one of the more balanced ends in the draft being able to play both the run and the pass.
"I'm a smart defensive end. I can handle complex systems; I can make decisions out there on the field. There are some defensive ends that can't handle complex things, they're only good at one thing and that's rushing the passer whereas I can play the run. I can do zone blitzes and cover wideouts in the flat."
However, size could come into question. At 6-foot-2, 280 Lbs. Haynes is on the small size of the defensive end chain. Adding weight could slow his forty time that has been clocked in the low 4.7's. Haynes strength hasn't been questioned on the collegiate level, but going against 330 pound plus tackles could be a different story.
Still, Haynes could be worth the risk if the Bears decide to trade down in the first round. Balanced defensive ends don't come along that often.
Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview writes of Haynes: Plays with forward lean and leverage, moves fluidly laterally and pursues from the backside with speed, stringing plays out laterally. Smooth when changing direction; can twist or stunt and effectively back off the line playing in space, displaying a tremendous amount of playing range. Has a great burst of closing speed and flashes on the scene, getting a lot of up-field momentum and force going for him.
Slow to read or anticipate the action at times. Has a tendency to pop up out of his stance and does not protect himself or use his hands to keep blockers away. A bit short and does not have a lot of growth potential.
Heading in the right direction. Can be a productive starter at the next level if someone is willing to overlook the fact he's only 6-foot 2-inches.