Hayward impresses at Senior Bowl

January, 25, 2012
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Casey Hayward demonstrated during his career at Vanderbilt that he had a nose for the ball.

One of the top cornerbacks in the SEC, Hayward ended his career with 15 interceptions, which tied the Vanderbilt school record, and he was second in the SEC this past season with seven picks.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise to anyone that he's been impressive during the first two days of Senior Bowl practice.

According to Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl of ESPN's Scouts Inc., Hayward has been very good at reading quarterbacks and routes and making plays on balls in front of him. The Scouts Inc. guys like Hayward's toughness, but question whether he'll ever be a great one-on-one cover cornerback in the NFL because he lacks "ideal fluidity."

LSU safety Brandon Taylor is another guy who's shown up. Muench and Wiedl aren't sold on Taylor's ability to cover, but like his ability to make big hits. Taylor laid out Mississippi State running back Vick Ballard, putting Taylor's physical game on display and proving his worth in run support. Taylor was third on LSU's team this season with 71 total tackles.

South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram had his second consecutive strong day. He's combining an explosive first step with good power and leverage, and the Scouts Inc. guys think he could be playing his way into the middle portion of the first round.

Also, Georgia offensive tackle Cordy Glenn got a "Stock Up" shout-out. Glenn looked more comfortable at guard on Day 2 after struggling at left tackle the first day, according to Weidl.

"He engulfed defenders at the point of attack with his massive frame (6-5, 346), took good angles to the second level and moved well in his pass sets," Weidl said of Glenn, who played left tackle this past season for the Bulldogs, but played mostly at left guard prior to his senior season.

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