Here is a random smattering of Joe Haden-related stories online:
- ESPN: Haden's stock dropping?
- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Florida CB Joe Haden could slide to Falcons at 19
- San Francisco Chronicle: Haden's 4.57 and 4.60 in the 40 raise questions
- Cleveland Plain Dealer: Haden's slow 40 time could drop his draft stock
There are several others, but you get the point. And to this point, I say "ARGH!"
Wipe out 40 games played in three years. Knock out 34 pass breakups and eight interceptions. Knock out his experience shutting down Southeastern Conference wide receivers.
Joe Haden ran bad 40-yard dash times. He must be terrible. Drop him out of the top 10. Heck, just drop him behind whatever indistinguishable cornback is behind him.
This is the culture of instant-expert reaction following the combine.
Here's some news: Haden is still as good as he was before the combine. Haden's issues in the 40 have more to do with bad track form than a lack of speed.
There is a perception out there that true shutdown cornerbacks have to have at least size or speed. The best have both. That's a valid statement.
However, Haden's play can't be dismissed. He reacts faster than any cornerback in the draft. He hits just as good as any. His hands are just as good as any. Oh, forget it. Just read the scouting report on Haden.
What you'll read there is Haden the player. What was in Indianapolis was Haden the track athlete. Which would you rather have?
After the jump there's a solid video of Haden's highlights. Yes, highlight reels can be deceiving. But it's a good watch. Just mute it. The song sucks in a big way.