This past season he ranked third in the SEC with five interceptions, which is only one behind LSU cornerback and projected first round pick , Morris “Mo” Claiborne.
Not only is Hayward good in shutting down one half of the field with coverage, he’s also known for being a good run defender when the situation calls for it with 6.5 tackles for a loss in 2011 and 8.5 for a loss in 2010.
Hayward is projecting on average to be a third to fourth round pick. If the Saints select a cornerback in this draft, my gut instinct right now is saying Hayward, especially if he falls into the third or fourth round.
The Saints struck gold with cornerback Johnny Patrick last year, who has been playing on special teams and will compete this season for a spot in the cornerback rotation.
With the possibility of losing not one, but two cornerbacks in free agency, chances are they’ll go digging again in search of the next diamond in the rough.