Nick Hayden Scouting Report

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Nick Hayden Scouting Report

Position: DT
Conference: Big10
School: Wisconsin Badgers
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #96
Height & Weight: 6'5 - 301 lbs.
Drafted 6.15 in 2008 by CAR

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Nick Hayden, DT, Wisconsin

Nick Hayden is an underrated defensive tackle. The Wisconsin senior has played in 44 games the last four seasons for the Badgers, with 39 consecutive starts. Hayden isn't the biggest or the quickest defensive tackle, but finds himself in the backfield on a consistent basis. The big run stuffer tallied 48 tackles 98.5 tackles for loss), 4.5 sacks, 2 passes broken up in coverage, and blocked a kick in 2007. After earning his starting job in his sophomore season, Hayden proved to be a warrior, not missing a game or start in 3 years. His career totals of 132 tackles (21.5 tackles for loss), 10 sacks and 6 passes broken up in coverage are excellent for a defensive tackle. Hayden also showed he can be a contributor on special teams, blocking a kick each of the last two seasons. Hayden has surprising agility for a man his size and is strong enough to play at the NFL level. His non stop motor will impress coaches. With a good post season showing and a good combine, Hayden could improve his draft position. Currently, Hayden should be drafted between the 5th and 7th rounds. Nick Hayden played in the 2008 East-West Shrine Game. He played well in the actual game, but coaches raved about his performance in practice. Hayden showed he has excellent footwork and a first step that was quite surprising for his size. If he can prove he can eat up double teams at the NFL level, Hayden could move as high as round 4. Nick Hayden had himself a good combine, impressing scouts with his attitude and work ethic as much as his athletic ability. Hayden performed well, running a 5.14 in the 40 and showing off a 27 inch vertical leap. These numbers display pretty good athleticism for a big defensive tackle. Hayden also proved he had the strength to take on NFL lineman with his 34 reps on the bench press. Hayden's performance may have moved him to the bottom of the fourth round. Nick Hayden continues to prove to scouts he'll be a valuable piece to a defensive tackle rotation in the NFL. Hayden improved his vertical leap at Wisconsin's pro day to 32 inches. Hayden also registered a 9'3 1/2 " long jump and ran the three cone drill in a solid 7.33 seconds. The former Badger should hear his name called in rounds four or five.

Last Updated Apr-02-2008 by Randall Weida

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