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According to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, the Oakland Raiders were two minutes away from drafting cornerback D.J. Hayden with the third overall pick. Right before they pulled the trigger, the Dolphins called them to trade up to nab Dion Jordan. The Raiders ultimately took a risk by trading down, but they were still able to get Hayden. When Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie dealt the third overall selection to the Miami Dolphins, then sweated out nine picks before landing Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden, the scouts and coaches in the team’s war room championed the move with far less certainty than their Niners counterparts. The rebuilding Raiders, after all, may have more needs than any NFL team, and Hayden was hardly an obvious pick: Given that he hasn’t played a down of football since suffering a near-death experience after a freak practice collision last November, he is somewhat of a medical risk. And given that Hayden, as one Raiders source put it, “was taken that high in exactly zero mock drafts,” there didn’t seem to be much danger of him being snatched up by another team selecting in the top 11. The fact that McKenzie came within two minutes of using the No. 3 pick on Hayden – before the Dolphins (seeking Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan) called to save the day, making the deal that gave Oakland its second-round selection – made for some tense moments in the war room. Need NFL Tickets? The post Raiders almost took D.J. Hayden with the third pick appeared first on Pro Football Zone.
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Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie had said the team wasn’t actively shopping their no. 3 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
However, if a team dangles enough bait, even the stingiest have to give in.
McKenzie has operated straight out of his mentor's mold, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson on how to make sound financial moves over overpaying for big names.
Heading into the 2013 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders had seven selections to work with. But thanks to three trade downs performed by general manager Reggie McKenzie and his crew, this year’s draft class brings ten new players to the Silver & Black. Seven of those were selected during the third day of the process, which held rounds four to [...]
I was a little surprised that Reggie McKenzie passed on a defensive lineman with this pick but Florida State offensive tackle Menelik Watson does help improve the Raiders porous offensive line. Watson is an all-world athlete who has competed in Soccer, Basketball, and Boxing before picking up Football a few years ago. The Raiders right tackle play has been atrocious for the last...
According to Bill Williamson of ESPN.com, there’s been a lot of chatter that the Oakland Raiders may take USC quarterback with the 42nd overall pick. #Raiders hearing a lot of Matt Barkley chatter at 42. Reggie was at his pro day. Don’t know how I feel about that one yet. — Bill Williamson (@espn_afcwest) April 26, 2013 I could see this happening. I don’t think the Raiders...
After going with cornerback D.J. Hayden in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday, the Oakland Raiders went back to work on the second day of the player selection process with two picks to work with. Differently from what happened yesterday, the Silver & Black stayed put and did not negotiated any of the selections. Instead, they [...]
The Oakland Raiders used their 4th round pick on Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson in this year’s draft.
Wilson is a guy that can come in and compete for the Raiders tarting job with Terrelle Pryor and Matt Flynn.
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The Oakland Raiders took former Houston cornerback last night, using the No 12 overall selection to get him.
According to respected evaluator Greg Cosell, of NFL Films, that was a good move.
"I would make the argument that Hayden is the most physically gifted corner prospect in this draft class, with his impressive combination of sudden movement, change of direction...
The Oakland Raiders have selected Central Florida running back Latavius Murray with their second pick in the sixth round of the NFL draft.
Oakland took Murray 181st overall on Saturday with a pick acquired earlier in the day from Tampa Bay for moving down in the fourth round.
Murray rushed for 1,106 yards on 198 carries with 15 touchdowns last season. He also caught 27 passes for...
Here’s a recap and analysis of the players the Raiders took in the 2013 NFL Draft:
D.J. Hayden, cornerback, Houston – first round, 12th overall – Reggie McKenzie trades down to get his guy. Seen as the cornerback of the future. Will compete with Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins to start.
Menelik Watson, offensive tackle, Florida State – second round, 42nd overall – Extremely...
The Raiders addressed their needs on the offensive line by drafting Florida State offensive tackle Menelik Watson with the 42nd pick of Friday’s second round of the draft.
This was the second pick Oakland got from Miami in exchange for the third pick on Thursday.
Watson played on the right side of the line at FSU, so it seems as if Mr. Universe Jared Veldheer will remain at left...
We reported yesterday that the Oakland Raiders are the most likely team to trade down in the first round of tonight’s NFL draft.
According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Raiders are targeting Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden if they’re able to move down.
Even though the Raiders signed Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins this offseason, they need a good young corner to build their secondary...
One of the more amusing connections between the players that GM Reggie McKenzie has drafted in his first two years has been that almost half of the players drafted were born in foreign countries.
Last year's draft included two such players - England's Jack Crawford and and Angola's Christo Bilukidi.
The trend continued yesterday when both of Reggie McKenzie'...
The Oakland Raiders in a cost cutting measure traded down nine spots and took Houston cornerback DJ Hayden with the 12th pick. The Raiders swapped picks with the Dolphins for their first and second round picks, numbers twelve and 42 overall.
DJ Hayden began playing collegiately at Navarro College before transferring to Houston as a junior. He won the Conference USA award of defensive...