There's this as well:
^ 11 of 45 = 24%Prior to his injury, just 45 of 362 pass attempts (12.4%) from UH opponents went Hayden's way. Of the 45, just 11 were completed, representing just 5% of the 216 completions from UH opponents with Hayden in the lineup. The senior also had eight pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. - Houston football
When I watched Hayden, I put his skills and his name in the conversation of Wreh-Wilson, McFadden and Davis. You know I saw him as a mid-round guy, with lots of upside.
You can see the speed. The cut-ups posted showed him chasing things down, tracking free runners in the open field, running them down from a back-starting position of 10 + yards. You can see the speed coupled with long strides, covering ground.
Coverage skills were good to my eye. Even the pass interference in the UCLA game, he actually didn't even need to place his right hand of the receivers shoulder. The receiver is at full speed, Hayden flips his hips, the receiver has a couple yards (2,3) lead and in about two strides Hayden is even. And his arm length was enough to high-point it and deflect the pass easily. I can only guess that the only reason to get that right hand on the shoulder was to torque himself around a bit. But it wasn't actually necessary or egregious.
Due to his injury I would be surprised if NFL teams get spooked and don't draft him. We've seen them not draft guys for far less injuries. Yet he probably provides one of the highest upsides, especially if he goes undrafted, if he can return to normal activity and continue to play the game.
I actually still rank him in the mid-rounds with an asterisk detailing the injury recovery timetable. And while I rank him where he used to be, where he ought to stay if it were not for the injury, I also mark him down at the end of the draft (6th - 7th) or undrafted. I would use a draft pick on him, but I'm just being realistic. I like him enough to use a draft pick in order to secure him from the open market of the undrafted rookie free agent waters.
It's been reported he won't workout at the Combine, but he will show up to do the interview and other stuff like that.
On that note however, I was not very fond of L.Ryan whenever I watched him. I just wasn't seeing what others were championing. Same with J. Taylor. I think both are overrated. And both I'm scratching my head a bit with the draftnik love given their way, especially CBS. Then I read this:
https://twitter.com/JPSTATS/status/3...000000/photo/1Rutgers CB Ryan 'burned' 41 times in 2012
Rutgers CB Logan Ryan was "burned" 41 times in 2012 by the opposing receiver, according to STATS.
This accounts for 42.7 percent of the total targets he faced. The percentage lands Ryan in the middle of the five player study, which included Xavier Rhodes (40.8), Dee Milliner (42.6), Desmond Trufant (44.2), and Johnthan Banks (50), although Ryan's total was much higher (15) than any other cornerback listed, likely due to the higher number of targets he faced.
Source: John Pollard on Twitter
Feb 13 - 8:50 AM