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CB Hayden moving up the draft board

Updated: April 10, 2013, 11:04 AM ET
By Kevin Weidl

As last-minute tape study and conversations with scouts from around the NFL continue, names of certain prospects continue to come up.

Some are gaining traction and solidifying their standing, while others are facing down questions about their skill sets and where they will eventually be drafted.

Here's a look at a big-name cornerback and three other players who are creating positive buzz, and four who are trending in the other direction, including a potential first-round receiver.

ON THE RISE

Houston CB D.J. Hayden: A torn vein in his heart suffered in a practice collision ended Hayden's 2012 season after nine games, but he was cleared medically at the NFL combine and reportedly ran a 4.42 in the 40-yard dash at his pro day. Hayden (5-foot-11⅛, 191 pounds) is an easy mover in coverage, with quick feet and a rare burst to close on the ball, but his playmaking instincts are what set him apart.

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