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Dennis Allen on D.J. Hayden

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at 7:26 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen answered questions from the media after the selection of D.J. Hayden with the 12th pick of the draft:

Q: Some tense moments after determining he was your guy at 3, to have to wait until 12?

Allen: It was a tense feeling there in the draft room. We felt like there was a chance he was still going to be there. The good thing is there were some other guys we would have felt comfortable with, but D.J. was our guy we identified very early on in the process. He was the guy we were really interested in at the third pick and we were fortunate to get him where we got him and picked up another pick.

Q: As an old defensive back, what do you think when you put the tape on?

Allen: Well, I think he’s, the one quality that you look at when you’re looking at corners, is you’re looking for guys that can cover, and this guy can cover. He can cover man-to-man, he’s got great speed, he’s got great quickness, he’s got the ability to play both off and press coverage, and really one of the things I really look at is, how does the guy make plays on the ball, specifically the ball down the field, and he does a tremendous job of that.

Q: Can you think of an NFL equivalent?

Allen: Well, I think there’s obviously, I look at him as one of the top corners. I think he’s got a chance to be really good and a difference maker for us, so when you look at the top corners in this league, that’s who I see him ending up being like.

Q: Best available player, how important to fortify this defense?

Allen: Obviously we’ve got needs throughout this team we want to make sure we take care of and I think it was a great thing that we were able to get an impact player at a position, specifically defensively, the things that you look for, is how do you affect the quarterback? And you do that through rush or coverage and this guy, we felt like, was the top cover corner in the draft.

Q: When you spent time with him, how much time did you spend with him?

Allen: A pretty good portion of the day when he was here. He spent a lot of time with myself. He spent a lot of time with the assistant coaches. We got a chance to meet with him, talk football with him, and see how much information he could retain and how much volume of information he could take in. The guy’s all football. He loves football. He’s going to be a guy, obviously, you’ve seen with what he’s been through, that he’s willing to work, and those are all things . . . a lot of people talk about character, this guy’s the type of character that we’re looking for.

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  • Thec

    1 NATION

  • Thec

    BET money we go DTRENCH, RD 2.

  • http://www.raiders.com Silverandblack666

    #2

  • Thec

    Tank

  • Thec

    Put 5 on it

  • Al_is_theraiders

    CBs define a defense…get another one.

  • Thec

    6 in the mix

  • JB

    A cornerback – REALLY?

  • EMRaiders

    . . . a lot of people talk about character, this guy’s the type of character that we’re looking for.
    =========

    no more check cashers. good.

  • jackasspuria

    Did not think Kyle Long would go in 1st round. Developmental prospect… well, he’s got good blood lines. The second of Howie’s boys.

  • Thec

    With DA being a CB coach, this pick was clearly influenced by him.

  • jackasspuria

    Went to iHop and guess who was in the booth next to mine!?

    No, it was not Reggie McKenzie.

    It was Bills general manager Buddy Nix sitting at the table REACHING for his maple syrup.

    Bills make surprise pick making EJ Manuel 1st QB off the board.

    Guess Doug Marrone has little to no say on the roster. No way he would choose Manuel over his personally groomed Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib…

  • R8RNAZ

    kyle long in the first? wow

  • J Hill

    Epic fail by the blog GMs predicting we could get Long in rd 2 or Reid in rd 3.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    shrek is confused.

  • oldschoolraider

    Jon Gruden’s new catchphrase…”I like this pick!”
    The guy never met a pick he didn’t like.
    He is so full of sh!t

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Dr nimbulb
    dr_robert Says:
    uh, he made that prediction AFTER the news came earlier today.
    ==========================================
    really?
    irjonny Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 4:38 pm
    Jackasspuria — (trade) D.J. Hayden

  • http://www.raiders.com Silverandblack666

    ” a lot of people talk about character, this guy’s the type of character that we’re looking for.”

    He said “I love Jesus” Reggie and DA said YOU DA MAN we are drafting you!!!

  • Thec

    13 of the first 20 players taken….TRENCHMEN

  • Raider Mayne

    With DA being a CB coach, this pick was clearly influenced by him.

    =======================================
    Why listen to the guy who will be fired by the bye week ? Comon Reg !

  • oldschoolraider

    Hayden would have been their pick at #3?
    Man, I didn’t see that coming.

  • rediaR

    One would think there would be more Raider fans in here.

  • Plunketthead

    Blog pimp Jerry rules
    Great job tonight Jerry while cork tweets

  • PlunkforHOF

    PlunkforHOF = S&B

  • IGAG

    Allen: Obviously we’ve got needs throughout this team we want to make sure we take care of and I think

    ———————-

    Throughtout being the opportune word, to say the least.

  • Thec

    OG’s T’s, & DE’s all Flying off the board….Who knew???

  • Al_is_theraiders

    reg is out the door soon as well…

  • Al_is_theraiders

    quack? where are you?

  • Thec

    Forgot the DT’s

  • Plunketthead

    Geno is looking pretty glum
    More proof he should never wear S&B

  • ny-raider

    This guy better be the 2nd coming of Darelle Revis. Are Porter and Jenkins flipping a coin right now?

  • rediaR

    Who gets picked first Sylvester Williams or Sherrif Floyd?
    My money is on Williams.

  • IGAG

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:30 pm
    shrek is confused.
    ———————————-

    Maybe dazed, most likely, but confused, hardly. The dude chose a ‘build your own stack’ over the traditional blueberry pancakes. That is not confused.

  • RaidingTexas

    Thec Says:

    1 NATION

    UNDER VOMIT

  • JB

    Geno Smith sitting in the Green Room just figuring out that he’s gotta come back tomorrow & possibly Saturday. That really has to suck. Just how much humbling can any athlete take? He may fall to the 3rd or 4th round. But, that’s sill better than being Floyd. Boy, did he turn out to be a bomb.

  • dr_robert

    Allen: How do you affect the quarterback? You do that through rush or coverage and this guy, we felt like, was the top cover corner in the draft.

  • rediaR

    Build through good players.

  • WESTRAIDER

    Branch
    Young
    Jenkins
    Hayden

    ???????

  • RaiderFan-n-KC

    A cornerback – REALLY?

    —–

    The AFC West has Phillip Rivers, Alex Smith and Peyton Manning. Not to mention the high level of WRs that are on the Chiefs, Chargers, and new Broncos.

  • Thec

    What is Hayden’s vert????

  • IGAG

    Geno, Teo, Floyd. Just sayin. Hope they’re gone by 42.

  • RaiderFan-n-KC

    The AFC West has Phillip Rivers, Alex Smith and Peyton Manning. Not to mention the high level of WRs that are on the Chiefs, Chargers, *and new the new Broncos WRs.

  • dr_robert

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:31 pm
    Dr nimbulb
    dr_robert Says:
    uh, he made that prediction AFTER the news came earlier today.
    ==========================================
    really?
    irjonny Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 4:38 pm
    Jackasspuria — (trade) D.J. Hayden

    ***********

    yes. after the rumor.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    cbs….chekwa, hayden and jenkins porter #4….now if noodle arm flynn takes a fall…it could almost work…oh wait, we have no lbs or dlinemen (cept houston)

  • nycraider

    really wanted a pass rusher. the rams gave up more to draft 8 then the dolphins to draft 3rd. idk..doesnt feel like a great start..

  • WESTRAIDER

    IGAG Says: April 25th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Geno,Teo, Floyd. Just sayin. Hope they’re goneby 42.

    Yes to this, but I think Floyd will still b on the board

  • EMRaiders

    RaiderFan-N-KC Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:36 pm
    A cornerback – REALLY?

    —–

    The AFC West has Phillip Rivers, Alex Smith and Peyton Manning. Not to mention the high level of WRs that are on the Chiefs, Chargers, and new Broncos.
    =========

    this is what im saying too. but some people cant or wont see that.

  • aig-raiders

    Vance and Simms better produce. Was hoping we get lucky with Jarvis inthe 2nd round. Oh well.

  • RaidingTexas

    RaiderFan-N-KC Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:36 pm
    A cornerback – REALLY?

    —–

    The AFC West has Phillip Rivers, Alex Smith and Peyton Manning. Not to mention the high level of WRs that are on the Chiefs, Chargers, and new Broncos.

    ———————————————

    One guy who is very difficult to pick off because he’s “cerebral” (Manning).

    Another guy who is very difficult to pick off because he checks down or throws it away every play (Smith).

    So that leaves Rivers, who the Raiders have already had no problem picking off for years.

    NO NET GAIN.

  • jackasspuria

    If this holds up, Geno may be in play at pick 42 tomorrow. (Doubt he falls that far).