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2015 NFL DRAFT

Casey Hayward, CB

School: Vanderbilt  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Elko, GA
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 192 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
7292-3
Latest News
04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 2/62 -- Casey Hayward, CB, 5-11, 192, Vanderbilt...Aggressive, instinctive playmaker should contribute immediately in nickel-heavy scheme and give savvy veteran Charles Woodson more latitude to play a rover position. COULD SURPRISE: Cornerback Casey Hayward: Thompson compensated for the medical-prompted release of Pro Bowl safety Collins before the draft by making a play for the skilled Hayward. He will stay at corner, but winning a starting job would provide intriguing options for the Packers to replace Collins. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - CB Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt -- A late-rising cover man with the combination of short-area quickness, long arms and functional strength to survive in the Packers' press scheme. Could this mean Charles Woodson is shifting to safety sooner rather than later?

03/24/2012 - Casey Hayward broke in some shiny gold cleats on Friday as representatives from 21 NFL teams showed up for Vanderbilt's pro day. "I wanted to make a statement," the cornerback said. Safety Sean Richardson had some new footwear, too, but he opted to leave his gold shoes at home. They were too stiff, he said, and on this day his biggest goal was to prove his hips aren't. His performance on Friday might have changed the conversation. "I got a lot of feedback from scouts. Some even said it looked like I had cornerback feet," Richardson said with a smile. "That's always good to hear. That's a good compliment." Hayward and Richardson, the school's top two prospects for the April 26-28 draft, did nothing to hurt themselves in the eyes of NFL representatives on Friday. After posting impressive numbers at the NFL Combine in February, however, the duo was somewhat selective on Friday. Neither player ran the 40-yard dash, opting to let their times from Indianapolis stand, but they both took part in positional drills for defensive backs. Hayward, who recorded 15 interceptions at Vanderbilt, is projected as a second- to third-round pick. Richardson, who posted the best numbers of any safety in the bench, vertical and broad jump at the combine, is expected to go in the middle rounds. At the combine, Richardson ran the 40 in 4.52 seconds, while Hayward ran a 4.57. "I felt like I did very well in Indy, showed everybody what I am supposed to, so I sat on my numbers from the combine," Hayward said. "I just wanted to come out here and do drills and I think I did pretty good. I caught all my balls. I might've had a couple of false steps, but everybody has that here and there, even at the next level. ... I think I showed scouts what they already knew." Hayward has already received plenty of interest in draft season. He said he has a visit scheduled with the Titans on April 6, and has workouts scheduled for the Cowboys, Falcons and Vikings. - Jim Wyatt, The Tennessean

02/23/2012 - Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward, of Perry, has been working out in Boca Rotan, Florida to prepare for the NFL scouting combine, which started on Wednesday. He went through rounds of interviews at the Senior Bowl, where he met with the Atlanta Falcons, but now he wants to show the NFL that he's fast enough to cover pro wide receivers. "People want to see how fast I'm going to run," said Hayward in a telephone interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday. "I'm trying to go up there and prove to everybody that I'm fast enough to run with guys at the next level. People don't think that I'm that fast, but I am. I'm going to go ahead and prove it and then hopefully jump a couple of people." - D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

12/31/2011 - Scouting the Vanderbilt pass defense: With the line managing to create a consistent pass rush without requiring constant blitzes, the secondary made a spate of plays, returning four interceptions for TDs. Casey Hayward is the leader of the defensive backfield, although opponents can't recklessly pick on Trey Wilson with impunity. - The Sports Xchange

12/31/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Casey Hayward is arguably the team's top player, capable of locking down one side of the field and forcing opponents to look elsewhere for their passing yardage. Hayward is good enough to help out in run support and has enough skills to have helped out briefly on offense at the season's start while it searched for its identity. - The Sports Xchange

12/07/2011 - 2011 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM: CB - Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt, 5-11, 188, Sr., has been selected All-SEC Conference Second Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by The Associated Press. Hayward ranked third in the SEC with five interceptions and second in the league with 14 passes defended. He enters the AutoZone Liberty Bowl with 13 career interceptions, just two picks behind Leonard Coleman's (1980-83) school record. Listed as a midseason All-America by both SI.com and CBSSports.com, Hayward finished the regular season with 40 solo tackles, 54 total tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss. Hayward is also 10 tackles shy of 200 for his career. - Vanderbilt football

12/07/2011 - 2011 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB - Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt, has been selected All-SEC Conference Second Team for the 2011 college football season as voted upon by the SEC head coaches. Hayward ranked third in the SEC with five interceptions and second in the league with 14 passes defended. He enters the AutoZone Liberty Bowl with 13 career interceptions, just two picks behind Leonard Coleman's (1980-83) school record. Listed as a midseason All-America by both SI.com and CBSSports.com, Hayward finished the regular season with 40 solo tackles, 54 total tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss. Hayward is also 10 tackles shy of 200 for his career. - Vanderbilt football

09/25/2011 - Vanderbilt's torrid pace of intercepting passes didn't lose steam in South Carolina, even if its offense did. The Commodores picked off Stephen Garcia four times, pushing its NCAA-leading total to 14. Senior cornerback Casey Hayward got career interceptions Nos. 11 and 12, lifting him to a tie for fifth on Vanderbilt's all-time list with Corey Chavous. The next will put him into a four-way tie for second with a group that includes D.J. Moore. "Coach (James Franklin) said be aggressive with (Alshon) Jeffery and all the other backs and receivers," Hayward said. "I try to set a tone for the defense, get everybody pumped." Leonard Coleman, who played from 1980-83, holds the school record with 15. - Jeff Lockridge, The Tennessean

09/15/2011 - LOOKING GOOD: Vandy played terrific defense against an average offensive team, limiting the Huskies to 193 total yards and recording five sacks. A combination of pass rush and coverage hounded QB Johnny McEntee into a miserable night, as he went 10-of-27 with three interceptions for 99 yards. The running game showed potential, as Zac Stacy and Jerron Seymour combined for 128 yards on only 18 rushes, each breaking a run of at least 40 yards. Kick and punt coverage was solid, not allowing UConn to average 20 yards on kickoff returns or more than five on punts. QUOTE TO NOTE: "The defense made a lot of key blocks for me to get to the end zone. If you're going to get a pick, coach said don't go out of bounds, go try to score." - CB Casey Hayward, on his game-tying 50-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2011 - One of the keys for early success has been Vanderbilt's ability to create turnovers as it has forced seven in the first two games, including five interceptions, two of which it's returned for TDs. By contrast, it picked off only nine passes all last year. PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Casey Hayward - The senior has been nothing short of spectacular in the early going, intercepting passes in the first two games and returning one for a game-tying TD against Connecticut. Hayward, who will make his 27th straight start this week, might also get a little time at wide receiver in the offense's never-ending search for playmakers. - The Sports Xchange

09/12/2011 - SEC WEEK 2 OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: CB CASEY HAYWARD (Vanderbilt) - Had four tackles, one for loss, and returned interception 50 yards for a touchdown against Connecticut. - SEC football

07/19/2011 - 2011 SEC PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt, Sr., has been selected All-SEC Football Preseason Second Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the SEC head football coaches. Hayward, second among returning SEC players with six interceptions in 2010, has been listed on the Nagurski and Thorpe awards. - Vanderbilt football

07/12/2011 - 2011 JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt, CB, has been named one of 37 players selected to the Preseason Thorpe Award watch list for the 2011 college football season. The Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back, is one of the most coveted awards in college football and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2011. Hayward topped the SEC with 17 defensed passes last year. He also contributed six interceptions in 2010, tying for second most in the conference. Hayward also established a single-season high with 70 tackles. - Vanderbilt football

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt, CB, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Hayward topped the SEC with 17 defensed passes last year. He also contributed six interceptions in 2010, tying for second most in the conference. Hayward also established a single-season high with 70 tackles. - Vanderbilt football

07/08/2011 - 2011 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt, CB, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the best defensive player. Hayward, a senior who has started 24 consecutive games entering this season, has been mentioned for the Thorpe Award given to the nation's top defensive back. He was also listed as a preseason All-America by Phil Steele's College Football Preview in May. Hayward topped the SEC with 17 defensed passes last year. He also contributed six interceptions in 2010, tying for second most in the conference. Hayward also established a single-season high with 70 tackles. - Vanderbilt football

05/16/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: CB Casey Hayward Finishing second in the conference in interceptions last year, Hayward was a second team All-SEC pick. Hayward is a good cover guy who has the short memory a cornerback needs, meaning he'll take on everyone's top receiver if at all possible. - The Sports Xchange

 
Latest News
04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 2/62 -- Casey Hayward, CB, 5-11, 192, Vanderbilt...Aggressive, instinctive playmaker should contribute immediately in nickel-heavy scheme and give savvy veteran Charles Woodson more latitude to play a rover position. COULD SURPRISE: Cornerback Casey Hayward: Thompson compensated for the medical-prompted release of Pro Bowl safety Collins before the draft by making a play for the skilled Hayward. He will stay at corner, but winning a starting job would provide intriguing options for the Packers to replace Collins. - The Sports Xchange

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