It is hard to find many cornerback who had a more impressive campaign than Vanderbilt CB Casey Hayward. Casey finished the season with an eye popping 7 interceptions which tied him among the all-time leaders at Vanderbilt with 15 career interceptions.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Casey Hayward: I feel that my greatest strengths are that I am very good competitor and I am very good at using my instincts. I am always around the ball and have a nose for finding the ball. Not many guys have broken up as many passes as I have leaving college.
Scott Porter: What are you looking forward to the most about your opportunity in the NFL?
Casey Hayward: I am not worrying about what round I go in, I just want to get in there and show everyone what I can do. It has been a dream of mine and I am looking forward to the opportunity wherever I go.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Casey Hayward: My goals are to come in and contribute as soon as possible. I want to to excel on special teams early and prove myself as a cornerback to make the 53 man roster. My goal is to compete for a starting job in camp.
Scott Porter: Who is the toughest player you have ever faced?
Casey Hayward: I would have to say two of the best players I have ever faced were Shay Hodge at Mississippi and A.J. Green at Georgia. Very good WR’s who were always tough to match up with. Both brought a good challenge.
Scott Porter: Is there a player in the NFL that reminds you of yourself?
Casey Hayward: Asante Samuel of the Eagles because if his play making ability. He is always around the ball. He gets a lot of interceptions. He is very good in zone coverage. I can play both man and zone but I think I am a similar cornerback to him.
Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
Casey Hayward: I like to play video games. I love playing NBA2K. I like watching movies. I could watch TV all day. I watch a lot of A&E.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest accomplishments?
Casey Hayward: Playing in two bowl games at Vanderbilt. Being part of a turn around in the Vanderbilt program. Winning 1 of the 2 bowl games while here. It was a great moment for the program. I also tied the Vanderbilt interception record with 15 career interceptions.
Scott Porter: What is the toughest part about playing the CB position?
Casey Hayward: I think one of the toughest parts about playing my position is knowing that nobody is behind you. If you mess up there is a great possibility that nobody is going to be able to make up for your mistake. You look at the DL and they have LB’s and S’s behind them if they mess up. The LB’s have DB’s behind them but we have nobody between us in the end zone most of the time.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Casey Hayward?
Casey Hayward: A hard working guy who wants to come in and learn the scheme as quickly as possible. I can play man to man or zone coverage so I feel that I fit into any scheme.
Scott Porter: What was your overall experience at Vanderbilt like?
Casey Hayward: It was a great experience. It was a great place for me to play my college football at. I couldn’t have asked to be at a better place for myself. I don’t think I’d be in the same situation I am today had I not been at Vanderbilt. I credit the program for helping me into the situation I am in today. I have developed my skills here into a top cornerback.