Q&A with Joe Haden


Published: Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 12:21 a.m.

Q: How was running at Florida’s Pro Day? The grass was wet and you needed to improve your 4.5-second 40 time from the combine in Indianapolis. Any pressure?

A: Oh definitely. It was wet and a little slippery. I was nervous, but I was going to run no matter what, because I knew that I had to get my time down.

Q: Are 40 times overrated?

A: A little bit. They don’t really measure how you run on the field during a game. You may be running with someone who runs a 4.2, and you might not be able to run a 4.2, but if you can run with him and cover him, you’re OK. But it’s part of the process and I respect that.

Q: A lot of Gators are going to go early in this draft, but a lot of experts have you going first. How’s that feel?

A: I just hope that as many of us go in the first round as possible. You look at having (Tim) Tebow, (Brandon) Spikes, Major (Wright) and (Carlos) Dunlap on your team and having you go ahead of them in the draft. That’s a blessing.

Q: Where will you be on draft day?

A: I’m going to New York for the draft. I want to definitely get up there and grab a jersey as early as possible.

Q: You’ve become known for your fashion sense during your time in Gainesville. What are you wearing to the draft?

A: I like my clothes. After I get finished with my (team) interviews and figure out what coaches I’ll be talking to, I’ll get my little suit ready.

Q: What about your haircut, anything special shaved on the side?

A: Nothing for the draft, but probably after I find out what team I go to, then I’ll get that hooked up.

Q: What’s the first thing you’re going to buy with your NFL money?

A: Something for my mom. I don’t know what, but it’ll be big. I’ll just take her somewhere and say ‘Get whatever you want.’ After that, I’ll spoil myself.

Q: You’re known as a practical joker. Last year, you and Major Wright called up Urban Meyer on April Fool’s Day and told him that you both decided to transfer. Any jokes planned for this year?

A: I’ve already started. I’m always joking. When I ran my bad 40 time at the combine, everyone was asking me why I ran that slow. I just told them that I was trying to get more people to come out to our Pro Day at Florida.

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