Originally posted by Niners23:
Originally posted by 52isabeast:
Look at the stats of the opposing teams leading WR in games against Haden this year.
Julio Jones -- 2 rec for 28 yds? Jones is considered by many one of the top 3 WR's in NCAA right now
Mardy Gilyard -- 7 rec for 41 yds? Gilyard has 87 rec for almost 1200 yds and 11 TD's and this is his bowl game?
Brandon Lafell -- 4 rec for 44 yds?
AJ Green -- 3 rec for 50 yds?
Oh yeah, most importantly???? NO TOUCHDOWNS by any of these guys!
If he's there we should certainly grab him. Why? See Roddy White's Week 5 performance vs. our defense.
That doesn't necessarily mean much. Look at Tye Hill for example, he's similar to Haden in that he's about 5'10" was considered the best corner in the 2006 draft, was a first team All-American and taken 15th overall. He also basically shut down every WR he faced in 2005, including a guy by the name of Calvin Johnson, who is way better than any receiver you have listed. However, look at him now, he's most definitely not an elite CB, hell he was traded for a 7th round draft pick last September ...
Now I may be wrong but wasn't Calvin Johnson a Freshman that year? I respect your opinion and what you're saying, but I think Haden is a faster version of Clements and may have Revis type skills.
The SEC is widely considered the best conference in the NCAA and to compete at the level he did was special. I do think he's smooth in transition and has the burst to make plays at corner.
At the end of the day you have to take the BPA for our team. Like it or not our team has too many average players and superstars are what you look for in Rd 1. Haden is graded by Scouts Inc as the 11th overall prospect and has a 94 grade. Tye Hill was a 91 and the 26th best prospect. Revis was a 95 overall and 10th ranked prospect of his class. Now rankings don't mean much on the field, but it means something when EVERYONE has him as the top CB in the draft.
We need the BPA at both of our first round picks for sure, if Haden is on the board, it's hard to believe that he isn't the BPA.