Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 1/19/10: #1 Junior CB, Projected Rd: 1 for the 2011 NFL Draft
2008: 14 GP; 14 GS; 61 Sol-87 TT, 0.5 TFL, 0.5 SK, 3 INT, 12 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF, 1 BLK; Second team All-SEC. Started all 14 games at cornerback...His 87 tackles on the season ranked second on the team and first among defensive backs...Led the defense in the BCS National Championship game with 10 tackles and two pass break-ups...First among Gator defenders with eight tackles in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama, including six solo...Also made his third interception of the season and returned it 24 yards while collecting two pass break-ups against Alabama...Led the Gator defense with 10 total tackles (seven solo), one pass break-up and an interception that was returned 88 yards against Georgia...The 88-yard interception return matched the fourth-longest in school history and was the longest in the SEC for the 2008 season...Blocked a field goal that led to a Florida touchdown in the win over Kentucky...Had 11 tackles and an interception inside the red zone in the win at Arkansas...Collected five tackles, half a sack, half a tackle-for-loss, broke up one pass, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in the season opener against Hawaii 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; KR: 1-18-18-0; 43 Sol-63 TT, 3.5 TFL, 1 INT, 12 PBU, 1 FR; Started 12 games at cornerback as a true freshman… Missed the Florida State game due to an ankle sprain…Was selected to the Sporting News Freshman All-America Team, CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman Team and was chosen for the Coaches’ All-SEC Freshman team…Became the first true freshman in Florida history to start at cornerback and recorded two tackles in his first contest…Led all cornerbacks in total tackles with 63 on the season and ranked sixth overall.
Post-Draft Outlook: BEST PICK: Cornerback Joe Haden: The secondary was abysmal last season. The Browns missed safety Eric Berry by two picks, but they got the best cornerback in the draft. The Browns are not discouraged by a slow 40-yard dash time at the combine. He should be an immediate starter at right corner. He is a better tackler than Brandon McDonald, who started 10 games last season.
A closer look at the Browns' picks: Round 1/7 -- Joe Haden, CB, 5-11, 193, Florida, The Browns ranked 29th in the NFL in pass defense last season. They traded for CB Sheldon Brown, but wanted more. When safety Eric Berry went fifth, the Browns took the best corner in the draft two picks later. - by The Sports Xchange