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

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 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

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

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...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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

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

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

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 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

Hayden returns and impresses at UH pro day

If you remember the name D.J. Hayden, chances are you remember it because Hayden was the victim of one of the most terrifying and unusual injuries ever suffered by an athlete. Four months ago Hayden, a defensive back at the University of Houston, ruptured the main vein to his heart during a practice. Doctors said this kind of injury is normally associated with car accidents and...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
March 18, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Combine Preview: Prospects With Injury Questions That Need to Be Answered in Indy

Some of the most crucial moments of the NFL Combine will occur before each player even steps foot on the playing field. NFL teams are making a huge investment in each of these players, and they want to be totally certain that they can feel comfortable with each player’s injury history. Who is in need of a clean medical history the most? Keenan Allen, WR, California...
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February 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Player out of hospital after near-fatal injury

HOUSTON (AP) -- A Univeristy of Houston defensive back has left the hospital, six days after taking a hit in practice tore a major vein that feeds the heart. A statement from the university says cornerback D.J. Hayden was discharged from Memorial Hermann-Texas Trauma Institute in Houston on Monday afternoon. UH athletics spokesman David Bassity says Hayden and his family won'...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
November 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Houston Cornerback in Critical Condition After Accident At Practice

The Houston Cougars season has taken a sad turn. Cornerback D.J. Hayden is listed in critical but stable condition after undergoing emergency surgery on Tuesday evening to repair a torn blood vessel in his body. Hayden, a senior who is leading Conference USA in interceptions this season with four, suffered a torn inferior vena cava during a collision at practice. The inferior...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Hayden out of hospital after injury

A University of Houston defensive back left a hospital Monday, six days after a hit in practice tore a major vein that feeds his heart and left him in critical condition. The school said cornerback D.J. Hayden was discharged from Memorial Hermann-Texas Trauma Institute in Houston. Hayden and his family won't be available for comment immediately, UH athletics spokesman David...
Via AP on Fox
November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Houston CB tears large vein

Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden remains in ''stable yet critical'' condition after tearing a vein during a collision with a teammate during practice. Team physician Dr. Walter Lowe said in a statement from the school Thursday that the senior was taken by ambulance Tuesday to Memorial Hermann Hospital. He had immediate surgery for a tear of the inferior vena cava,...
Via AP on Fox
November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Houston cornerback tears large vein in practice

HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden remains in "stable yet critical" condition after tearing a vein during a collision with a teammate during practice. Team physician Dr. Walter Lowe said in a statement from the school Thursday that the senior was taken by ambulance Tuesday to Memorial Hermann Hospital. He had immediate surgery for a tear of the inferior vena...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Cougars earn more Conference USA awards

Houston, Texas For the second time in his career Houston quarterback Case Keenum has been named the Conference USA Most Valuable Player. Keenum was one of five Cougars to be honored by the leagues head coaches on Wednesday and became the first two-time winner of the MVP award in league history. The Abilene, Texas, native was joined by Patrick Edwards (Offensive Player of the Year...
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December 07, 2011  |  Discuss
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