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Joe Haden (CB)
  • Height:
    5'11"
  • Weight:
    193 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 3/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/2 in.
  • College:
    Florida
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: Cleveland Browns
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 7 (7)
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Pick Analysis: Haden gives the team a legitimate "shutdown" corner. He's an instinctive playmaker with exceptional cover skills. Though he didn't blaze a sizzling 40-time at the National Scouting Combine, he has enough speed and quickness to stay with receivers on the edge. He also has a knack for making plays on the ball down the field. With the Browns' secondary in desperate need of a talent infusion, selecting Haden was the right call.

Overview

Haden has had an outstanding career for the Gators as their most active defender in their secondary during that time. Haden is an excellent combination of size, strength and athleticism. He has great foot quickness, balance and agility to maintain proper body positioning in coverage. Haden has excellent hips to open turn and run with receivers as well as burst to stay in his opponent’s hip pocket. Haden is a solid run support defender on the perimeter but can be inconsistent being physical. He understands route progressions but doesn’t always react quickly as plays unfold. Haden can be too aggressive with the ball in the air at times but shows very good ball skills which make him a great playmaker. Haden is one of the top cornerbacks in the 2010 draft and should go early on day one.


Strengths

Haden has the supreme blend of size, strength, athleticism and speed necessary to be a shut-down corner on the next level. He’s a highly-competitive player who was consistently asked to take on No. 1 SEC receivers in press-man coverage. Is a playmaker with impressive ball skills. Was a consistently productive player in college on a great team defense. Durable throughout career.

Weaknesses

His route progression reads could improve some along with his reaction times. Run support isn’t a true weakness but Haden could do a better job of wrapping up on the perimeter. Like most ball-hawks, will occasionally gamble and lose when the ball’s in the air.

Grade

8.6

 

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  • Browns take Haden

    Published: April 22, 2010 at 08:40 p.m.

    The Browns select Florida CB Joe Haden with the No. 7 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

  • Haden hits New York

    Published: April 21, 2010 at 08:32 p.m.

    Joe Haden rolls in style as he ventures out in New York City for the first time in his life.

  • 2010 Draft Vignettes - Joe Haden, Florida

    Published: April 13, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.

    A look at NFL draft prospect Florida cornerback Joe Haden.

  • First Draft: Joe Haden

    Published: March 29, 2010 at 03:35 p.m.

    Meet first-round hopeful Joe Haden, as he gears up for his journey to the NFL.

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