BIOGRAPHY: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors last season after totaling 80/17.5/5. Also intercepted one pass and broke up three more. Sophomore-year totals included 59/12/3.
POSITIVES: Smallish, athletic linebacker who makes plays all over the field. Breaks down well, plays with great explosion, and flashes on the scene. Takes good angles to the action, covers a lot of area on the field, and displays speed in every direction. Gets depth on pass drops and shows skill in coverage. Possesses a great burst of closing speed and a hard-hitter who drives through tackles.
NEGATIVES: Does not consistently play within himself and pursues the action too aggressively. Undersized, gets caught up in blocks, and struggles getting through the trash.
ANALYSIS: Hayes is a solid athlete who's been productive at Florida State the past two years. He is best suited in a system that allows him to freely flow to the action and he offers a good amount of upside for the next level.