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Free Agent of Interest: Jovan Haye

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Name: Jovan Haye

Birthdate: 6/21/1982

College: Vanderbilt, 3 year starter, 34 Starts, All-SEC (sophomore and junior seasons), Defensive captain

Notable Stats: 10.5 sacks, 17 total tackles for a loss, 4 forced fumbles, 6 deflections

Pros: Buccaneers, 30 starts in two years. Drafted by Carolina in 2005.

Notable Stats: 6 sacks (2007), 9 tackles for a loss.

Pre-draft measurables: 4.74 in the 40-yard dash...2.8 20-yard dash...1.69 10-yard dash...4.35 20-yard shuttle...7.38 three-cone drill...Bench pressed 225 pounds 33 times...34 -inch arm length...11-inch hands...14 Wonderlic score.

20 Word Scouting Report: Drafted as defensive end, lightning first step, great pass rush potential, not a run stuffer, could add weight, one gap.

My Interest: Haye started in Tampa and will expect to start in Seattle. He's likely more expensive and less flexible than Shaun Cody, but there's also reason to think he's more likely to produce and a better pro going forward. His athleticism is laudable, but his size and sturdiness won't keep blockers off Lofa Tatupu and Julian Peterson. Haye represents a pure Tampa 2 style defensive tackle. If Seattle signs him, the upside is intriguing, but an inability to hold up against multiple blockers would hurt Seattle's run defense. And though experienced working in a rotation, he will effectively bury Red Bryant. Haye is both the safer pick from a production standpoint and the riskier pick from an obligation and downside standpoint. Haye could be a better, younger but more expensive Ellis Wyms, but maximizing his value will take creativity from the coaching staff.