Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 4/25/13
DJ Hayden CB from the University of Houston.  This is a bit of a surprise pick for the Raiders (from the Dolphins pick) but a good one.  Hayden has speed to burn which you can’t teach. But there is a risk. Hayden started the first nine games of the season in top form. Over that span, he had 61 total tackles, eight passes defended, and four interceptions. Two of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns. During practice, before his team’s tenth game, he suffered a season ending (and life threatening) injury. He collided with a safety in a passing drill where the safety’s knee struck DJ in his chest.[1] The collision tore the inferior vena cava in his heart.[2] The injury itself is most commonly seen in high-speed vehicle accidents and the fatality rate is 95% due to the massive loss of blood. He told the media at the NFL Combine that after the accident he couldn’t see much out of his left eye. It just went pitch black and he suddenly felt cold and sleepy. Alonzo Highsmith, sen...
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