Casey Hayward to Packers: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Ryan Alfieri@Ryan_AlfieriCorrespondent IIIApril 27, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 08:  Marquis Maze #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide pulls in this reception inbounds against Casey Hayward #19 of the Vanderbilt Commodores at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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There is a running joke that cornerbacks are just ex-wide receivers that moved to the defensive side because they can't catch. 

That certainly is not the case for Casey Hayward, as his elite ball skills led to 13 interceptions over his two seasons at Vanderbilt.

Here is CBS's take on the former Commodore:

Hayward plays more like a free safety, struggling to find the ball and make a play after he's turned around and is ideally suited for a zone scheme where he can use his eyes and anticipation. He will be graded differently by every team depending on the scheme and he has NFL potential in the right defense, but teams know what they're getting with him.

Hayward, however, has some holes in his game that will limit his role in any NFL defense. He is much better in off coverage than in man. He lacks ideal recovery speed and will occasionally have to cheat on his position or draw penalties to keep up.

In the NFL, I would not be surprised if he was moved to free safety because of his instincts and elite ball skills. He also has the solid tackling ability that is necessary at safety.

As a rookie, he will probably be a depth player that will contribute heavily on special teams, while the coaching staff determines what role best suits him on the defense.

There will likely be a bit of a learning curve with the Packers, but if Hayward gets time in the Green Bay secondary, he'll provide depth for an already solid unit.