4. Casey Hayward
- Highest ranking: Third
- Lowest ranking: Fifth
Casey Hayward has quietly been one of the better cornerbacks in the entire league over the last several seasons for the LA Chargers and does not get the recognition that he should be getting. At the end of the day, the Chargers’ pass defense has been as good as it has been because of Hayward, who is a fantastic option for a CB1.
Hayward is a two-time Pro Bowler with the Chargers, albeit both nods came in the 2016 and 2017 season and he has not earned the honor since. Despite that, Hayward still turned in two interceptions and eight passes defended last season.
Those numbers might not seem all that great but Hayward had an overall 83.0 grade on Pro Football Focus last season. Hayward has consistently been on that level since becoming a Charger and there are no signs of it slowing down any time soon.
You could make the same case for Hayward that I previously made for Harris as both are on the wrong side of 30. However, Hayward has not yet shown those signs of regression and is not coming into a completely new defense.
Hayward, at the very least, will still be a solid CB1 for the Chargers next season. There are a lot of things to potentially worry about heading into the 2020 season, Hayward is not one of them.