Open main menu

Nate Hairston (born June 30, 1994) is an American football cornerback for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Temple, and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.[1][2] Prior to the 2019 NFL season, Hairston was traded to the Jets for a 6th round draft pick.

Nate Hairston
refer to caption
Hairston in 2017 training camp
No. 21 – New York Jets
Personal information
Born: (1994-06-30) June 30, 1994 (age 25)
Washington, D.C.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Governor Thomas Johnson
(Frederick, Maryland)
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 5 / Pick: 158
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:65
Forced fumbles:0
Pass deflections:6
Player stats at

Professional careerEdit

On December 21, 2016, it was announced that Hairston had accepted his invitation to play in the 2017 East-West Shrine Game.[3][4] He impressed draft scouts and analysts during Shrine Game practices.[5] On January 21, 2017, Hairston recorded three combined tackles as part of the East team that lost 10–3 to the West in the 2017 East-West Shrine Game.[6] Hairston attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and completed the majority of combine and positional drills.

External video
  Nate Hairston's NFL Combine Workout
  Nate Hairston runs the 40-yard dash

On March 8, 2017, Hairston participated at Temple's pro day, but stood on the majority of his combine numbers and only performed the three-cone drill, short shuttle, and positional drills. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Hairston was projected to be drafted anywhere from the fifth to seventh rounds by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked as the 30th best cornerback prospect in the draft by[7]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
196 lb
(89 kg)
31 in
(0.79 m)
9 12 in
(0.24 m)
4.52 s 1.59 s 2.65 s 4.47 s 6.85 s 35 12 in
(0.90 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
14 reps
All values from NFL Scouting Combine[8]

Indianapolis ColtsEdit


The Indianapolis Colts selected Hairston in the fifth round (158th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. Hairston was the 23rd cornerback drafted in 2017.[9]

External video
  Colts draft Nate Hairston 158th overall
  NFL Draft Profile: Nate Hairston

On May 11, 2017, the Indianapolis Colts signed Hairston to a four-year, $2.66 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $267,758.[10]

Hairston entered training camp as a backup cornerback and special teams player and was slated to be a developmental project.[11][12] Head coach Chuck Pagano named Hairston the fourth cornerback on the Colts' depth chart to begin the regular season in 2017. He was listed on the depth chart behind Vontae Davis, Rashaan Melvin, and Quincy Wilson.[13]

He made his professional regular season debut in the Indianapolis Colts' season-opener at the Los Angeles Rams and made one solo tackle in their 46–9 loss. The following week, Hairston made his first career start as a nickelback after Vontae Davis was ruled inactive due to a groin injury.[14] He recorded four solo tackles and made his first career sack on Cardinals' quarterback Carson Palmer in their 16–13 overtime loss to the 2017 Arizona Cardinals. On October 1, 2017, Hairston collected a season-high six combined tackles and forced a safety for the first scoring play of his career during a 46–18 loss at the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4.[15] Hairston sacked Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson for a six-yard loss in the first quarter in the endzone for his first career safety. Hairston was inactive for the Colts' Week 5 win against the San Francisco 49ers due to a quadriceps injury.[16] On November 26, 2017, Hairston recorded five combined tackles, made a season-high two pass deflections, and also made his first career interception in the Colts' 20–16 loss against the Tennessee Titans in Week 12. He made his first career interception off a pass by Titans' quarterback Marcus Mariota, that was originally intended for wide receiver Taywan Taylor, and returned it for a ten-yard gain in the second quarter.[17] Hairston was inactive for the Colts' Week 15 loss to the Denver Broncos after suffering a concussion the previous week.[18] He finished his rookie season in 2017 with 36 combined tackles (25 solo), five pass deflections, two sacks, one interception, and a safety in 14 games and four starts.[19]


On January 1, 2018, the Indianapolis Colts fired head coach Chuck Pagano after the Colts finished with a 4–12 record in 2017.[20] On February 11, 2018, the Indianapolis Colts hired former Philadelphia Eagles' offensive coordinator Frank Reich as their new head coach.[21] Hairston competed against Kenny Moore and Pierre Desir to be a starting cornerback to begin the regular season.[22] Head coach Frank Reich named Hairston a starting cornerback to begin the regular season, alongside Kenny Moore and safeties Malik Hooker and Clayton Geathers.[23][24]

Hairston was inactive for the Colts' Week 5 loss at the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football due to a hamstring injury.[25]

New York JetsEdit

On August 28, 2019, Hairston was traded to the New York Jets for a 2020 sixth round pick.[26]


  1. ^ "Reluctant decision pays off for Colts' pick Nate Hairston". IndyStar. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  2. ^ "Colts' Nate Hairston: Picked by Colts". CBS Sports. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  3. ^ "Nate Hairston to play in East-West Shrine Game". December 21, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Nate Hairston accepts invite to East-West Shrine Game". December 26, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Mayock, Mike (January 8, 2017). "Mike Mayock's East-West Shrine Game Day 3 observations". Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "2017 East-West Shrine Game stats". Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "Nate Hairston, DS #30 CB, Temple". Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "Nate Hairston Draft Profile". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  9. ^ Bowen, Kevin (April 29, 2017). "Colts Draft Temple Cornerback Nate Hairston In Round Five". Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  10. ^ " Nate Hairston contract". Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Colt's Quincy Wilson, Nate Hairston have made 'leaps and bounds'". Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  12. ^ "Indianapolis Colts: Nate Hairston has future in secondary". Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  13. ^ "First Look at the 2017 Colts Regular Season Depth Chart". Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "Vontae Davis suffers "significant" injury". Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  15. ^ "Indianapolis Colts at Seattle Seahawks - October 1st, 2017". Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  16. ^ "Colts' Nate Hairston: Nursing quad injury". October 6, 2017. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts - November 26, 2017". Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  18. ^ Jake Arthur (December 21, 2017). "Colts Week 16 Official Injury Report vs. Ravens; Five Ruled Out". Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  19. ^ "NFL Player stats: Nate Hairston (career)". Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  20. ^ "Colts fire Chuck Pagano after six seasons, three missed playoffs". Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  21. ^ "Indianapolis Colts hire Frank Reich to be their next head coach". Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  22. ^ "Colts' Kenny Moore: Working as top slot corner". June 30, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  23. ^ Hickey, Kevin (September 4, 2018). "Colts announce unofficial depth chart for Week 1". Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  24. ^ "Colts Release First Unofficial Depth Chart Of 2018 Preseason". September 18, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  25. ^ "Colt's Nate Hairston: Won't Play Thursday". Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  26. ^ Cimini, Rich (August 28, 2019). "Desperate Jets get CB Hairston from Colts". ESPN.

External linksEdit