Star Rating: Grade: 96
Draft Projection: 1st Round
Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Scout.com Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:
85-100 = 1st - 2nd
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th
_55-69 = 5th - 6th
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA
Strengths: Haden is a playmaking cover corner who plays with a degree of physicality. He has good size and the ability to lock down the opposition. He’s quick backpedaling off the line, fluidly transitions with receivers and positions himself to make a play on the ball. He possesses a burst of closing speed that allows him to recover easily, and has the deep speed and athleticism to get vertical and defend a pass in midair. He has great instincts and is willing to defend against the run. Haden is a future cornerstone defender of an NFL defense.
Weaknesses: He’s not strong at the point of attack and doesn’t consistently jam receivers at the line. He tends to run around blockers while defending against the run and pursues the ballcarrier from behind.Steuber Says: A three-year starter at Florida, Haden is the premier cornerback in the 2010 NFL Draft. Outside of Eric Berry, Haden is the most complete defensive back in the draft and is worthy of a top 10 selection. Haden has posted some impressive numbers over the last two seasons for the Gators, recording seven interceptions during that time. As good as Haden is in coverage, he also excels against the run and displays proper technique when flowing towards the ballcarrier. The Kansas City Chiefs could use help in the secondary and will consider Haden with the No. 5 overall selection. But a lot will depend on who’s available at the time. If the Chiefs decide to pass on Haden and opt for an offensive tackle like Oklahoma State’s Russell Okung or a linebacker like Rolando McClain, the most realistic destination for Haden will be at No. 7 with the Cleveland Browns. The Seattle Seahawks don’t seem like a possibility, even though they could use an upgrade in their secondary, because sources have revealed to me that the top two players on their list are juniors, Rutgers offensive tackle Anthony Davis and Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
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