Some of you may already know me, but I am a writer from Dawgs By Nature, the SBN site for the Cleveland Browns.
If you have paid any attention to the draft process I am sure you know that the Browns have been the favorite for quite some time to land University of Florida CB Joe Haden.
I have been doing some film study of my own and have been slow to get on the draft Haden at pick 7 bandwagon.
So I am here asking, what am I missing on Joe Haden? I wasn't bothered by his 40 time at the combine. If you watch tape, you can see that he has no issue running stride for stride with any WR out there. What really concerned me was that he seemed a step slow in pass break-ups. When he jumped patterns he seemed to be breaking passes up, not intercepting passes. Not a huge deal in college, but at the next level those will probably end up being completed passes.
Also, it seemed to me that opposing offenses never seemed to game plan away from Haden. Opponents didn't seem to mind throwing at Haden, even though they knew where he would be on every down playing the boundary corner.
His INT's seem to come off really poor passes (LSU, Tennessee this season or Bama the prior season). He never seems to make a play on the ball.
So I am asking the Florida faithful, what have you all seen that makes Haden worth a top 10 pick?