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Hayward Outplaying All Rookie Cornerbacks

CB Casey Hayward (Brett Davis/USP)

Casey Hayward thought he should have been drafted much earlier than No. 62 overall, and his early play suggests he was correct. The second of Green Bay's two second-round picks, Hayward ranks among the league leaders in interceptions and passes defensed.

With 15 career interceptions at Vanderbilt, Casey Hayward entered the draft thinking he was one of the elite cornerbacks. Instead, he was fifth corner off the board, going No. 62 to the Green Bay Packers — well after fellow SEC corners Morris Claiborne (Dallas, No. 6), Stephon Gilmore (Buffalo, No. 10) and Dre Kirkpatrick (Cincinnati, No. 17). Through six weeks of the season, Hayward has outplayed...

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