Scouting Report: Joe Haden
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Excellent in man coverage with elite ball skills. Also very solid in zone coverage. Flips his hips well. Fluid in change of direction while losing little to no speed. Stays low in back pedal and is fluid when turning hips. Does a nice job keeping an eye on the QB and the receiver when the route is in front of him. Effective blitzer and good special teams player. Excellent in run support. Sure tackler who uses sound fundamentals. Knows how to get his hand in and break up the pass. Good balance and body control. Best suited for press-man coverage as he can lock onto almost any receiver.
Not an interception machine but will break up more than his share of passes. Will sometimes get sloppy in his footwork. Haden will sometimes not break on the ball if the route is in front of him as quick as you’d like. Can lose the ball during endzone fade routes. Size and speed will slightly limit him as a defender. Can be over-aggressive when breaking up the pass, drawing penalties. Will lose tackling fundamentals against larger ball carriers, as many defensive backs do. Will get caught gambling and guessing routes at times.
Haden has the tools to be a true shut-down corner at the next level. He’s better suited for press-man coverage schemes where he can lock onto a single wide receiver and shut them down. He should be able to match up with any receiver at the next level and practically eliminate them. Speed on tape is much faster than timed, straight line speed. Haden’s ball skills are well above average and he shouldn’t slide past the top 15 picks in round 1.
Haden is a three year starter for Florida.
Awards and Honors
2009: Jim Thorpe Award finalist. 1st team All-American (multiple outlets). 1st team All-SEC (coaches and AP).
2008: 2nd team All-SEC (coaches and AP).
2007: SEC All-Freshman team (coaches and AP).
Sociology major at Florida.
Missed one game in 2007 with an ankle injury.
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