Packers 2012 NFL Draft – Second Round Pick: Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
With another second-round pick (62nd overall) in the 2012 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Casey Hayward, a cornerback from Vanderbilt University
Once again, the Packers traded up in the second round, giving up their 3rd (#90) and 5th round (#163) picksto the New England Patriots for their 62nd pick.
Vanderbilt University Commodores
Perry High School
Hayward appeared in 50 games for the Commodores, starting his last 37 contests, as he recorded 199 tackles (146 solos) with 18.0 stops for losses of 35 yards, a quarterback pressure and a forced fumble…Defended 46 passes, deflecting 31 tosses while coming up with fifteen interceptions for 126 yards in returns (8.40 avg) and one touchdown…Saw brief action on offense as a senior, gaining 60 yards on five carries (12.0 ypc)…Added 11 yards via a kickoff return and 12 yards on a punt return…Hayward’s fifteen interceptions rank second among active players in the NCAA football Bowl Subdivision ranks, topped by only Sean Baker of Ball State (18)…His fifteen interceptions also tied Leonard Coleman (1980-83) for the school career-record and rank tied for 14th in Southeastern Conference annals (most by an SEC performer since Corey Webster of Louisiana State recorded 16 thefts, from 2001-04)…Hayward became the first defensive back to lead the team in tackles-for-loss in a season (8.5 in 2009), which are also the most by a Southeastern Conference in a season…The cornerback had 242 passes targeted by the opposition into his area, as 71 were completed (29.34%) for 498 yards and two touch-downs, an average of 7.01 yards per completion and 2.06 yards per pass attempt
4.47 in the 40-yard dash (hand-held)…4.53 in the 40-yard dash (electronic)…1.58 10-yard dash…2.57 20-yard dash…3.90 20-yard shuttle…11.10 60-yard shuttle…6.76 three-cone drill…34-inch vertical jump…9’11” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times… 460-pound squat…30 ¼-inch arm length…9-inch hands…73 ¼-inch wingspan…16 Wonderlic score.
Hayward has been the unquestioned leader of the Commodores’ defensive unit since joining the starting lineup prior to his sophomore campaign. With his quick feet and hip flexibility, he has done an excellent job of not only mirroring the receivers and disrupting his opponent’s route progression, but has been the “ultimate savior” with his big play ability. His ability to track the ball in flight, along with outstanding leaping ability, has seen him consistently win battles to get to the ball vs. much taller receivers.
While selecting Hayward late in the second round may have been a tad high, there are a lot of reasons to love this pick. For starters, Hayward has the ability to completely shutdown receivers. He is athletic with great hands and the ability to make plays after the catch. As a cornerback, he is a solid pick.
However, what makes Hayward even a better pick is the fact that the Packers could decide to try him out as free safety and see if he has what it takes to replace Nick Collins. Even though Hayward is a little undersized, he hits with great power and his playmaking abilities are very similar to Collins. It’s likely that we’ll see Hayward on the field early in his career.