In what is the biggest upset at the NFL Combine, in my mind, is cornerback Joe Haden’s performance in the 40-yard dash Tuesday. According to reports, he was timed at 4.57 seconds in his first attempt and 4.6 in his second.
I didn’t see that coming.
I thought Haden would blow the coaches and scouts away with his workouts in Indianapolis. He’s always been a workout warrior and Florida and I figured he’d go up there and run a 4.4 or better. I don’t know why his times were so high, but they could end up costing him dearly. Before the Combine, Haden was considered a probable top-15 pick in the draft.
But it’s hard to imagine a cornerback with a 4.6 40 going that high. This could cost Haden a lot of cash.
My thought here is Haden is going to have to run the 40 again at Pro Day on March 17. And he’s going to have to lower his time significantly to overcome what he did Tuesday.
There’s no question Haden is a great player, and it will show up on all the tape the coaches and scouts will be studying on him over the next few weeks. But a 4.6 40 is a huge, huge red flag. I’m sure he’s as shocked as anyone at this point.
Knowing how competitive he is, I have a feeling Haden will redeem himself at Pro Day.