Injury behind him, Raiders CB Hayden gets to work

Since being selected with the 12th overall pick in the draft, Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden has become a bit of a national celebrity due to the story of his near-fatal injury six months ago. As much as he would prefer otherwise, the rookie gets questioned about it just about everywhere he goes. Hayden understands why, of course. It's just that his focus is elsewhere these...
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May 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders Trade Down, Take Cornerback DJ Hayden With 12th Pick

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...
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April 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Meet the Raiders 1st Round Pick D.J. Hayden

Meet the Oakland Raiders 1st round pick D.J. Hayden Overview Quarterback Case Keenum deservedly dominated the headlines surrounding the Cougars’ program for the past few seasons as he became the NCAA’s all-time leader in total offense, passing yardage, touchdown passes and completions. Scouts took notice of Hayden’s play, however, when the opponents tried to keep up with Keenum’s...
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Instant Analysis: D.J. Hayden To Oakland Raiders

The VitalsNFL Team: Oakland RaidersPick No: 12Player Name: D.J. HaydenPosition: CornerbackSchool: University of HoustonHeight/Weight: 6'0", 192 lb How Is The Fit?He instantly becomes a starter in a talent barren secondary.A better pick here would have been…Possibly Shariff Floyd, who would have stepped right in to replace the released Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly....
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders draft cornerback D.J. Hayden with 12th pick

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...
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders select Hayden at No. 12

The Oakland Raiders selected Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden with the 12th overall pick after trading down in the NFL draft Thursday night.
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

And with 12th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft the Oakland Raider select…

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...
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

First Round NFL Draft Grades: Oakland Raiders

PICK: D.J. Hayden, CB, HoustonANALYSIS: When I heard this morning that Hayden was being considered as the first or second CB in the draft, I actually laughed. I knew he might sneak into the end of round one despite being a second round prospect, but I never imagined him going this high. His story and return from a life threatening injury is certainly inspiring, but he just isn...
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Draft: Instant Reaction & Analysis on Picks 11-20

To capture the emotion and instant reaction to all picks made in the first round tonight, I will be frantically trying to keep up with the madness on day one of the draft (keep refreshing) in three posts. Be sure to check out picks 1-10 and check back for 21-32. Enjoy, and remember; just because you haven’t heard of the guy doesn’t always mean he was a bad pick. 11. San Diego...
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

DJ Hayden could go No. 3 to Oakland Raiders?

DJ Hayden is one of the top cornerback prospects in the NFL Draft, and there is speculation that he could go as high as No. 3 overall to the Oakland Raiders. Such a rise in his status is pretty shocking. CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora reported on Twitter Thursday that “several execs picking early in round 1 believe OAK will take corner DJ Hayden 3rd overall if they keep the pick...
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1 v2.0

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1. Not based on best available, or on best available at needed position. I made my picks deciding who best fits into the current system. Every team is different and every team need is different. Just because two teams both need an ILB, doesn't mean that they will both be looking at the same guy... PICK Team Choice...
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Joe Benigno made Rich Eisen Uncomfortable as he Dumped all Over DJ Hayden Today

University of Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden almost died in practice after a teammate's knee hit him in the chest causing a tear in the inferior vena cava in his heart. (Google it, it's insane.) When... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Raiders looking to move down to target CB D.J. Hayden

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...
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

My seven-round Titans mock

I've broken down the Titans' visits and workouts. I've written about what I think they might do on offense and defense. Now it's time to turn those evaluations into picks. I did this last year, and managed to nail precisely zero of the Titans' actual picks, so I have something to shoot for this year. As I did last year, I'll be using the full seven-round...
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

D.J. Hayden’s Freak injury Shouldn’t Concern Patriots as He Would Make Immediate Impact in Secondary

D.J. Hayden is lucky to be living, never mind gearing up to figure out where he will play in the NFL. Hayden was on his way to being a first-round pick when a freak collision in practice left him with a tear of the inferior vena cava, which carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. Luckily, doctors were able to fix the issue and he is on his way to making a full...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL Draft: DJ Hayden Good As New

On November 6th 2012, during a practice, University of Houston cornerback DJ Hayden was on his way to intercept a pass, when he was hit by teammate Trevon Stewart in midair. Both men had leaped, and Stewart’s knee hit Hayden’s chest. Hayden went down in obvious pain, but nobody could’ve foreseen the type of injury the young corner had just suffered. He started feeling...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons Fans Sound Off on Potential First Round Pick

One of the great things about Twitter is that you can quickly get a sample of what the fanbase is thinking. This evening I asked the Atlanta Falcons fanbase who they would target if the Falcons decided to trade up in the draft (as has been heavily rumored). I also asked them to put themselves in the position of armchair GM and asked what they would do in the first round. Here are...
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April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders select Hayden at No. 12

D.J. Hayden's remarkable comeback from a near-death experience has taken him to the first round of the NFL draft. The Oakland Raiders selected the former Houston cornerback with the 12th overall pick after trading down nine spots to get a second rounder from Miami on Thursday night. Hayden was just moments from death last November after an on-field collision with a teammate...
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April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Rumors: Dolphins, Dee Milliner, Jaguars, Tank Carradine, Jarvis Jones, Draft Notes

Dolphins Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that “multiple NFL sources” have informed him that the Dolphins have been calling around in the hopes of trading out of the No. 12 spot and moving down. Salguero provides a list of speculative targets for the Dolphins if they’re able to move back. The list includes: Houston CB D.J. Hayden, Texas S Kenny Vaccaro, Notre...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Would the Miami Dolphins Consider D.J. Hayden at 12?

The story of University of Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden is a scary, yet inspirational, one. He almost died five months ago when he tore his inferior vena cava (a large vein that carries blood to... Come here for the best Miami Dolphins blog on the web. We have all of the most up to date new and opinions on the Dolphins organization for its fans.
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April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Jets impressed with Houston’s D.J. Hayden

According to Randy McIlvoy  of KPRC-TV Houston, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan came away impressed after watching Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden workout. At UH “s D.J. Hayden workout today, watched him go about 40 minutes in front of 10 teams. Group included Jets HC Rex Ryan who was impressed. — Randy McIlvoy (@RandyMcIlvoy) April 22, 2013 It will be interesting to see...
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April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Vikings Targeting A CB In Round 1?

Ben Goessling of the Pioneer Press expects to see the Vikings target a cornerback with one of their two first-round picks during Thursday’s NFL draft. Goessling specifically mentions that Houston’s D.J. Hayden and Washington’s Desmond Trufant could both be in play for the Vikings later on in round one. Minnesota could always wait until the middle rounds to draft a cornerback...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
April 21, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Mock Draft Value Board III – 4/20/13

It’s nice to hear everyone else come around on Houston cornerback DJ Hayden. His story is amazing and almost didn’t happen. He took a hit from a teammate at practice last fall and came within a few minutes of losing his life. It’s one of the most interesting stories coming out of this year’s NFL Draft. Let’s take a look at my top 200 players. Luke Joeckel OT, Texas A...
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April 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders bring in D.J. Hayden for a visit

According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Oakland Raiders brought in Houston cormerback D.J. Hayden for a visit.Hayden almost died at a practice during the 2012 season.Fully healed less than five months after a routine hit nearly claimed his life, cornerback D.J. Hayden is visiting the Raiders on Tuesday, per a source with knowledge of the situation.Hayden severed his inferior vena...
Via Pro Football Zone
April 16, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Draft Rumorville: Miami Dolphins On The Move Up!

Welcome back to NFL Draft Rumorville. We are less than two weeks away from one of the best times in professional sports. The NFL Draft is a chance for fans of every team to start anew and meet the new faces that they will be cheering for on Sundays. Since most pro days, minus a couple prospects that have been injured, are over and most teams have moved on to private workouts and...
Via Football Nation
April 14, 2013  |  Discuss
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