Jordan Haden's talent was never in question.
The Toledo safety routinely impressed whenever he set foot on the field, but injuries and a prolonged transfer situation limited him to just 27 games in his college career. Those 27 games, spread out over his final three seasons, are roughly the equivalent of two full campaigns.
After an encouraging 2012 campaign - his first for the Rockets after a transfer from Florida that spanned two years - Haden missed all but four games as a junior. While his play throughout was enough to set up high hopes for his senior year, a solid campaign was derailed by an abdominal injury that cost him the final three games of his college career.
Haden's rate statistics over that stretch (such as five interceptions in 27 career games) hinted at the player he was expected to be. A Rivals four-star recruit and the brother of Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden, Jordan Haden seemed like a strong bet to one day join the NFL ranks. Now, with limited game tape, beginning a pro career will be an uphill battle should he choose to pursue it.
While he won't be expected to be a draft pick, Haden's flashes of strong play and NFL bloodlines could still keep him on the professional radar. CBS Sports rates him as the 16th best free safety in the draft class - well out of range to be picked, but among those who might earn training camp invites - and his brother's Browns have invited an undrafted Haden for a tryout in the past.
Many who have watched Haden perform for the Rockets have seen a very talented player who has simply been a victim of unfortunate circumstances. Time will tell if professional scouts have seen the same.