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With only one offensive linemen drafted out of Wake Forest since 2012, one can hardly blame scouts if they overlooked Haynes as a legitimate prospect. That despite the fact that he has proven to be one of the more durable and improved offensive linemen in the ACC after signing with the Demon Deacons as a former basketball player with just one year of organized football to his credit.
Haynes started out at Wake Forest as a 260-pound sushi-raw defensive lineman who was learning fundamentals like "what is the A-gap?" when asked to make the transition to the offensive line in 2015. While raw, Haynes' talent was obvious and the Wake Forest coaches knew his best chance at improving quickly was being forged by fire.
So he started the first game of his college career (and nine games overall) in 2015 at right tackle before moving inside - first to right guard (starting all 13 games in 2016) before switching to left guard his final two years. He finished with 47 career starts, earning All-ACC honors each of the past two years.
Physically imposing interior lineman who still has potential left to tap. Sports a prototypical frame with good height and excellent weight distribution with thick, powerful limbs, including 33 1/2" arms. Still technically raw with just adequate knee bend and hand placement but generates consistent movement in the running game due to his core strength, leg drive and bullying nature that is sure to endear him to his future NFL OL coach.
Elected a team captain in 2018 and is revered by the Wake Forest coaching staff for his toughness and commitment to improvement.
While there is a lot to like about Haynes, at this point he is best suited to a power-based, run-oriented offense. He has a basketball background but you wouldn't know it from his mirror skills in pass protection, where Haynes often relies upon his length and anchor to absorb rushers rather than lateral agility to slide and scoop.
Projection: Fourth Round
--Field Level Media