After swapping picks with the Dolphins earlier in the round, the Raiders used the 12th overall pick to select Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden.
There was a lot of chatter that the Raiders were think defensive tackle with the pick. Sharrif Floyd and Star Lotulelei would have been available options if the Raiders took that route. There was even a thankfully false rumor spreading around the Twitterverse the Raiders were about to spend the pick on quarterback Geno Smith.
But Reggie McKenzie is a draft-the-best-player-available kind of guy. And clearly he had Hayden as the highest remaining player on his board, which is a tad surprising because Floyd was projected as going to the Raiders when they still had the third overall pick. Cornerback was one position at which Oakland needed help entering the draft.
Hayden was considered by some the best available cornerback after the Jets selected Dee Milliner at nine.
Hayden suffered a life-threatening injury during the season when he ruptured a ...