INDIANAPOLIS — Florida cornerback Joe Haden just spoke with NFL.com and expressed happiness with how his time at the NFL Scouting Combine turned out.
He told Scott Hanson and Bucky Brooks on NFL.com/Live that he enjoyed meeting with teams, and was pleased with all his workouts — with one significant exception.
Unofficially, Haden was clocked with a 4.57-second 40-yard dash in his first run, and a 4.60 time in his other run. Those numbers do not befit someone most analysts predict will be the first defensive back taken in the draft, and who is Mike Mayock‘s top-rated cornerback.
Haden’s official 40-yard dash time is unavailable, because he did not finish among the top 10 among defensive backs.
Florida’s pro day is on March 17, and Haden vowed to perform better then, saying he has run as fast as 4.34 seconds in Gainesville. He also downplayed the importance of the 40, saying that his tape proves he has no problem covering the fastest receivers in the country.
As for who Haden would like to emulate in the pros, he was firm and immediate in his answer: Jets CB Darrelle Revis. He likens his own man coverage skills to the All-Pro Revis, and if he can come anywhere close to matching Revis’ productivity, whichever team drafts him will be very happy.
– Jason Feller