The Indianapolis Colts started out by adding CB Marlin Jackson to their defense, a physical corner that is expected to add more pop to a secondary already anchored by two heavy-hitters -- safeties Bob Sanders and Mike Doss.
Now they've added Kelvin Hayden, another Big Ten Conference cornerback -- this time out of Illinois. The 5'10, 197-lb corner runs a 4.58 forty and was an All-Conference selection in his senior year when he posted 71 tackles, 4 interceptions and 6 passes defensed. Hayden actually saw action as a receiver during his junior year catching 52 passes.
Hayden's selection sends a clear signal that the Colts are serious about having a secondary of hitters. A feisty player, he's known for getting right in the thick of things against the run and screen passes. Another tough guy, he's played through injuries including a shoulder injury that nagged at him during his senior campaign. And although he has good closing speed, he needs it as he is at times slow getting off the line of scrimmage with the receiver.
Bottom line, Hayden provides the Colts with another very athletic corner who has a solid reputation against the run. Not as polished as Jackson, Hayden may take a bit more time and more coaching attention to be ready to start. But at minimum he should be able to step in as a role player in the secondary early in the year and add some more speed and pop to the Colts' special teams.