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A Closer Look at William Hayes, DE, Winston-Salem State

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This pick was probably the most surprising one of the draft.  It is not that I don’t think Hayes will end up being a good player for the Titans, but they probably could have gotten him in the 6th round.  Why they traded up to get him in the 4th round is beyond me.

Hayes seems to be a pass rushing prospect.  He has a lot of the physical tools necessary but just hasn’t put it all together yet.  He has good size at 6’2 258.  The Titans will probably bulk him up a little bit, and Jim Washburn will light a fire under him to get him to play full speed on every snap. 

Here is a philosophical draft question: There is a really good chance that the Titans could have gotten Hayes in the 4th round without trading up.  Let’s say Hayes turns out to be a 4 time Pro Bowler.  Does that make it worth giving up the picks to move up and get him, or is this a dumb pick even if he turns out to be really good (obviously not as dumb, but still dumb none the less)?