On the Site:

KSLSPORTS FEED

BYU’s Kaleb Hayes Has Elite Athletic Profile Among Draft Hopefuls

Mar 27, 2023, 3:17 PM

PROVO, Utah – The star of BYU’s Pro Day last week was cornerback Kaleb Hayes.

A former transfer from Oregon State, Hayes was a starter for BYU the past two seasons and was one of the top cornerbacks in the program. He had 19 pass breakups and 67 tackles during his two years at BYU.

Hayes had a productive collegiate career at BYU. But then you pair it up with the impressive Pro Day performance he had; suddenly, Hayes has to be viewed as a potential NFL draft pick.

Hayes shined at BYU Pro Day

Hayes ran a 4.31 unofficial 40-yard dash. Before that, he jumped out of the Indoor Practice Facility with a 40-inch vertical. Plus, he had an impressive showing on the bench for a cornerback, with 17 reps at 225 pounds.

“I feel like I did what I had to do,” said Hayes on his Pro Day performance. “Throughout the months I’ve been training, you know, I had a chip on my shoulder for not being able to participate in many events. It was a great opportunity for me to turn some heads and have some eyes looking at me and show them that I am an athlete and I am going to perform, I am going to compete, and I am going to win.”

Pair that up with a 5-foot-11 build that includes arms that measure in at 33 3/8; Hayes has a unique athletic profile heading into the final stages of the NFL draft process.

In fact, Hayes’ Pro Day scores paired up with his measurements are historic.

Historic RAS score for Kaleb Hayes

Relative Athletic Score (RAS) is a tool that measures a football player’s athletic ability. It factors in height, weight, arm length, hand size, 40-times, shuttle drills, vertical, three-cone, and other metrics to give a player a score out of 10.

The RAS is a popular tool used during the NFL draft season and has been in circulation since 1987.

When you factor in all of the impressive metrics behind Kaleb Hayes, his Relative Athletic Score (RAS) is 9.89 out of 10. That would be good for the 24th-best cornerback profile out of 2,065 players since 1987.

The 9.89 RAS score for Hayes is the fifth-best among 2023 cornerbacks in this draft class. When you scale out even further, he would rank 17th among all draft hopefuls in the 2023 cycle. That is subject to change as colleges continue to host Pro Days, but it puts Hayes in an elite tier of athleticism that should give him a chance to earn an NFL opportunity.

One spot in front of Hayes is his BYU teammate, offensive tackle Blake Freeland. The NFL world saw how big of a freak Freeland is after a dazzling NFL Combine performance that included a record-setting 37-inch vertical.

The 2023 NFL draft is April 27-29 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch’s coverage of BYU moving to the Big 12 Conference on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

KSL 5 TV Live

KSLSports Feed

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Sports

Real Salt Lake Escapes With Draw Against West Leading LAFC

It wasn't without some intense moments, but Real Salt Lake stole a road point from LAFC in the 1-1 draw at BMO Stadium. 

4 hours ago

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Sports

Brayan Vera Scores Real Salt Lake Equalizer Late In First Half

A free kick and an LAFC deflection allowed Brayan Vera to score Real Salt Lake's first goal of the match, knotting things at one in the 33rd minute.

5 hours ago

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Sports

Taylor Hendricks Thrives In Jazz Win Over Raptors

Taylor Hendricks had the best performance of his basketball career against the Toronto Raptors scoring 23 points and grabbing nine rebounds.

9 hours ago

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Sports

Team U.S.A Beach Volleyball Teammates Share Special Bond Heading To Paris Olympics

Team U.S.A. beach volleyball teammates Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes are no strangers to each other after playing together at USC.

10 hours ago

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Sports

Locals In MiLB: Justin Sterner Gets Second Cup Of Coffee With Tampa Bay Rays

The life of a minor league bullpen arm is rarely straightforward, as former BYU Cougar standout pitcher Justin Sterner can attest.

11 hours ago

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Sports

BYU Basketball Offers Orem High’s Chamberlain Burgess

BYU basketball offers a forward prospect from Utah County.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

young male technician is repairing a printer at office...

Les Olson

Unraveling the dilemma between leasing and buying office technology

Carefully weigh these pros and cons to make an informed decision that best suits your business growth and day-to-day operation. 

A kitchen in a modern farmhouse....

Lighting Design

A room-by-room lighting guide for your home

Bookmark this room-by-room lighting guide whenever you decide to upgrade your lighting or style a new home.

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

BYU’s Kaleb Hayes Has Elite Athletic Profile Among Draft Hopefuls