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Top rated CB Haden -- unofficially 4.57, 4.60

Posted on: March 2, 2010 12:52 pm
Top rated cornerback Joe Haden, a junior given a first round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee was unofficially timed by The NFL Network with two of the slower times in the 40-yard dash of any cornerback tested. He ran a 4.57 on his first attempt and followed that up with a 4.60.

Haden's slow times are sure to give scouts some hesitation when assigning him the top grade at cornerback. He has impressive game tape, but the Gators' aggressive pass rush rarely allowed opposing quarterbacks time to challenge him deep, something that had concerned me earlier .

As a historical comparison, no cornerback who ran as slow as Haden is currently being credited with running at the Combine was drafted earlier than the fifth round in last year's draft. Cornerback Joe Burnett was drafted by Pittsburgh with the 31st pick of the fifth round last year -- 168th overall -- with a 4.58.

It is important to note that The NFL Network's times have often been different than the "offiial" times provided later by This isn't likely to help Haden's cause, however, as typically the times recorded by the network have been faster than the ones put up by the website. CJ Spiller, for example, was initially credited with a 4.28 second time in the 40-yard dash on television, but his fastest time according to was a 4.37.


Since: May 15, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2010 4:25 pm

Top rated CB Haden -- unofficially 4.57, 4.60

I have watched Haden play since we was a freshman.  I knew that he would not post a good 40 time although others suggested he was going to light it up in that event.  However, what the NFL combine does not measure is reaction time and Joe has plenty of that.  I feel that what he lacks in speed he more than makes up for in tackling, pass break ups, and reading the play.  Joe will be a great NFL corner despite his slower running time.


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