Joe Haden stated that he has "received the most interest from the Browns, Raiders, Titans and Bengals" via Latehits on Twitter. Personally, I was soooo mad at the combine and couldn't believe the 4.5+ he ran, I was worried he ran himself out of our "Raid-ar" but Thank Gene Upshaw, that is not true and rather it was the case he was suffering from a back sprain. Haden would be an excellent pick for us, we wouldn't be taking a RT in the top 10 which is typically unheard of. I see Haden, despite playing a very difficult position as one of the most pro ready prospects in this draft. His game is flawless and sound.
5'11" 195lbs 4.4 speed
2007- 63 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 12 PBU, 1 INT, 1 FR
2008- 87 tackles, .5 TFL, .5 sack. 12 PBU, 3 INT, 1 FF, 1 FR
2009- 68 tackles, 5 TFL, 3 sacks, 10 PBU, 4 INT, 2 FF
Haden is an ideal Shutdown Man Coverage Corner. Has all the physical traits to mirror his opponent all over the field and in and out of cuts with the deep speed to run with anyone. His ball skills are fantastic and though I don't have a specific # to give you, he should easily be 40"+ Vertical guy. Excellent hands and ample to plucking the ball out at its highest point, dangerous with the ball for an occasional pick 6. Very good tackler, but this would have to be the main area for him to improve on, has the toughness to bring down anyone but does drop his shoulder more then one would like. Haden has a great character and is highly motivated to play at the highest level he can.
With 3 CB's, 2 of which are approaching 30+ with 2 years left under tender and SR26 as a free agent next year and given the value The Oakland Raiders place on the cornerback position this is a very good, smart, and safe choice come pick #8 of the 2010 draft. We know we need the lines addressed but our key components or highest values on the line are all filled. What we need is RT, RG, rotational NT, competitive C and Nickel pass rusher for the right side. All of which have excellent value later in the draft.
I would be ecstatic if Haden donned the S&B.
Rethinking my most recent Mock, I will keep it for now but just throw this out there
1. CB Joe Haden
2. RT Rodger Saffold
3. NT Linval Joseph
4. RG Zane Beadles
5a. C Eric Olsen
5b. RE Alex Daniels
7a. MLB Matt Mayberry
7b. Best SLB prospect available