William Hayes of the Tennessee Titans leaps to block a pass by Josh Freeman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during play at LP Field on November 27, 2011 in Nashville.(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Hayes was a 4th Round (103rd overall) pick of the Tennessee Titans in the 2008 NFL Draft. He is 26 years old, stands 6-3 and weighs 272 lbs. William had 13 Tackles and and a Sack as a rookie in a reserve role for the Titans. After coach Jeff Fisher benched DE Javon Kearse in Week 10, he has started ever since.
Hayes is a speed rusher and was clocked at an impressive 4.59 at his Pro Day in 2008. He has 112 Tackles and 8 Sacks in his 4-year career. Williams's best season came in 2009, when he started 11 games and made 50 Tackles, 4 Sacks and Forced two Fumbles.
His Scouting Report calls Hayes a a Well-sized dependable defender, with solid speed and overall well-roundedness. He possesses shifty moves and can get to the Quarterback from the edge.
It also states that he is more of a one-dimensional Defensive Lineman who isn't a sound tackler, needs to improve as a run defender and doesn't make a lot of plays in pursuit. He is considered a rotational player with tools.
According to Rotoworld, he was the starter at Left Defensive End for the Titans in 2010 up until their new scheme change last season. He ended up with 16 Tackles and 1.5 Sacks in a limited role in 2011.
Hayes has a visit scheduled with the St. Louis Rams and a possible third team as well. It should be noted that Jeff Fisher, the new head coach for the Rams, was Hayes coach in Tennessee. He would likely play behind Robert Ayers on the Strong Side in Denver.
William made $555,000 in 2011 and shouldn't command much more than the league minimum for a 5th year player, which is $700,000 in 2012.