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Casey Hayward

Casey Hayward
No. 29     Green Bay Packers
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-09-09) September 9, 1989
Place of birth: Perry, Georgia
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
Perry (GA)
College: Vanderbilt
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 62
Debuted in 2012 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month (October 2012)
  • NFL 2012 All-Rookie Team (Pro Football Weekly)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2011)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2014
Tackles 85
Sacks 0.0
Interceptions 8
Stats at NFL.com

Casey Hayward (born September 9, 1989) is an American football cornerback for the Green Bay Packers. He played college football at Vanderbilt.

Early years

Hayward grew up in basketball.

Also an outstanding track & field athlete, Hayward excelled in sprints and jumps.[2] At the 2008 Patriot Invitational, he earned a second-place finish in the triple jump event, posting a career-best leap of 13.93 meters (45 ft, 6 in), while also placing twelfth in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 11.48 seconds.[3] He recorded a personal-best leap of 6.83 meters (22 ft, 3 in) in the long jump at the Harmon Invitational, where he took gold.[4] He also ran a PR of 22.75 seconds in the 200-meter dash.[5] In addition, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds,[6] bench-pressed 255 pounds, squatted 400 pounds and had a 33-inch vertical.[6]

Coming out of high school, Hayward was measured to be 6 ft 1 in and 185 pounds. He received very few scholarship offers from division schools, which he attributed to being "strictly a quarterback".[1] He was scouted by Georgia Tech, Louisville, Middle Tennessee State, North Carolina, Southern Miss, and Troy.[6]

College career

Hayward ultimately chose to attend Vanderbilt University because of the school's academic ranking and the fact that the school is a member of the Southeastern Conference. He immediately played during his freshman year and made his permanent move to defensive back as a Nickelback and also on special teams.[2]

In 2009, he was promoted to the starting role and played in every game, although he did miss most of two games due to injury.[2] He was named the defensive player of the week against LSU after contributing 13 tackles (eight solo) with 4 for a loss.[2][7] He was also named the team's most valuable defensive back.[8]

Hayward continued to make an impact going in to 2010 and started every game of the season. He had six interceptions, 70 tackles (59 solo), and 17 passes defended. He ranked first in the SEC and 3rd in the NCAA for passes defended.[2] His performance earned him a spot on the second team All-SEC as a defensive back by the coaches and media.[9]

During his final season as a Vanderbilt Commodore, Hayward tied the career record for interceptions at 15 (also held by Leonard Coleman).[2] He also made 62 tackles, and had seven interceptions, the third highest single season total by a Vanderbilt player.[2] He was named a mid-season All-American by Sports Illustrated. At the end of the season, Hayward was named a second-team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation, becoming the first Vanderbilt All-American in four years.[2][10]

Professional career

2012 NFL Draft

Following his last season at Vanderbilt, Hayward participated in 2012 Senior Bowl and received an invite to the 2012 NFL Combine.[1] Scouts praised his intelligence and instincts as well as his ability to recognize routes.[11] They also stated that he was a good tackler with good footwork and durability.[11] He was considered to have average speed, and is not as quick at stopping his back pedal.[11] He was projected to be a second round pick.[11]

Measurables

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 11 in 192 lb 4.47 s 1.58 s 2.57 s 3.90 s 6.76 s 34 in 9 ft 11 in 19 reps

Green Bay Packers

Hayward was selected in the second round (62nd overall) by the Green Bay Packers. During the month of October 2012, he won the NFL defensive Rookie of the Month, having intercepted 4 passes in 3 games.[12] He finished 3rd for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and was named to the NFL All-Joes team. According to Pro Football Focus, opposing quarterbacks had a passer rating of 31.1 against him, the lowest against any corner in the league.

References

  1. ^ a b c d Kyed, Doug. "2012 NFL Draft: Casey Hayward (CB, Vanderbilt) Interview". Nepatriotsdraft.com. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Casey Hayward". Vanderbilt. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ http://ga.milesplit.com/meets/31247/results/63313
  4. ^ http://ga.milesplit.com/meets/31354/results/64980
  5. ^ http://ga.milesplit.com/meets/31251/results/66608
  6. ^ a b c "Casey Hayward". Yahoo. 2008. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Vanderbilt vs LSU (Sep 12, 2009)". 2009. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Casey Hayward". Rivals. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Coaches All-SEC Team Announced". Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  10. ^ "122nd Edition of the Walter Camp All-America Team Announced". Walter Camp Foundation. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Casey Hayward Scouting Report". NFL Draft Geek. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Casey Hayward named NFL Defensive Rookie of Month". Packers.com. November 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from NFL.com • ESPN • Pro-Football-Reference
  • Casey Hayward's Official Website
  • Vanderbilt Commodores bio
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