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-> 7. CHRISTIAN HAYES, UCONN

The tale of the tape shows Christian Hayes measuring in at 6-foot-2 1/2 and 312 pounds. That height and length could mean his best position in the pros is center. But he has plenty of experience at guard, with more than 800 snaps at right guard in each of the past three seasons.

Hayes is a really good athlete for an interior player. His explosiveness out of his stance is noticeable, especially when asked to block for outside-zone concepts or when asked to climb to the second level. His feet aren’t slow after that burst, either; he moves fast yet his feet are always under him for great balance. He’s not a mauler or a people mover, but that added strength could certainly come at the NFL level. <-
 
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The Athletic: Who are the best non-blue-chippers in 2023? The 3-star All-America team

-> Christian Haynes, UConn (Unranked in 2018): The 37-game starter for the Huskies has received plenty of preseason All-America honors after grading out as the fifth-best guard in the country according to Pro Football Focus in 2022. He is expected to play center at times to help his NFL Draft stock this year. The Bowie (Md.) High grad picked UConn over an offer from Virginia. <-
 
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Haynes selected to Walter Camp Pre-Season All-America Second Team OL

 
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UConn OG Christian Haynes


Haynes, who has verified measurements of 6-foot-2 7/8 and 312 pounds, is in his fourth year as a starting guard for UConn. He was an AP All-American last season. The Senior Bowl had a “solid Day 2 grade” on Haynes based off his junior and their live look at him last week during the Huskies’ 24-14 Week 1 loss to NC State “only strengthened that conviction,” according to Nagy.

“Loved him on junior tape this summer and glad when live exposure matches up,” Nagy said. “High-end competitor who plays with a mean streak. Looks to finish and bury defenders the way NFL O-line coaches want to see. Snapped the ball during pregame so we do think he has legitimate center flexibility. He’ll help himself at Senior Bowl proving himself in competitive periods at center. … Long-term NFL starter.”
 

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UConn OG Christian Haynes


Haynes, who has verified measurements of 6-foot-2 7/8 and 312 pounds, is in his fourth year as a starting guard for UConn. He was an AP All-American last season. The Senior Bowl had a “solid Day 2 grade” on Haynes based off his junior and their live look at him last week during the Huskies’ 24-14 Week 1 loss to NC State “only strengthened that conviction,” according to Nagy.

“Loved him on junior tape this summer and glad when live exposure matches up,” Nagy said. “High-end competitor who plays with a mean streak. Looks to finish and bury defenders the way NFL O-line coaches want to see. Snapped the ball during pregame so we do think he has legitimate center flexibility. He’ll help himself at Senior Bowl proving himself in competitive periods at center. … Long-term NFL starter.”


If he can show he is competent as a C, that very easily leads to him moving up draft boards by almost a full round. Doesn't have to show he's a starting C level player in the NFL, but if he can show he can fill in during the week in practice or as a back up in a game, that is valuable money and roster flexible for an NFL team.
 

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Wonder if the staff would consider a move to Center, considering it's a weak point on the line, and it might help Haynes pro prospects?
 
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Wonder if the staff would consider a move to Center, considering it's a weak point on the line, and it might help Haynes pro prospects?
Worth a shot. I don't think Walker is ready yet. A little too light. But is it a drop-off moving CH to center AND replacing him at guard?
 
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Worth a shot. I don't think Walker is ready yet. A little too light. But is it a drop-off moving CH to center AND replacing him at guard?
They showed him practicing his snaps before our last game. Who knows?
 
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I gotta be honest this surprises me, as he’s had a ton of bad penalties this year
 

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Penn State's left tackle is the best lineman in the country and will be the first OL taken. I don't think he's allowed a sack his entire college career.
 

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