This year I wrote the player rankings and evaluations for the USA Today 2012 NFL Draft magazine. It's on newsstands now and available online here. Leading up to the draft, I'll be reprinting some of my quick reports here.
Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
6'0, 185 pounds
Strengths: Hayward is an instinctive cornerback who is light on his feet and does well in zone situations. He sits on routes and makes most of his plays closes on the ball nicely. Ball skills are good. Hayward times his jumps well and has good body control to break up the pass.
Weaknesses: A work in progress in man coverage. Often needs help over the top and doesn't have especially good speed. Needs to stay more compact and not give up position working up the sideline.
Combine quotable: I definitely think I am one of the top corners in the draft. My production has shown it. I don’t know how else you can rank it if you are not going to go by production. My production is just as good or better than anybody in this draft.