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Raiders draft cornerback D.J. Hayden

The Raiders selected Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden Thursday night with their first choice in the NFL draft, No. 12 overall.

Hayden nearly lost his life in a freak injury during practice last Nov. 6. Kneed in the chest, Hayden, sustained a tear of his inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart.

“I’m looking around and I’m getting real sleepy,’’ Hayden told reporters at the NFL scouting combine. “My left eye goes pitch black. I can’t see out of it . . . I’m praying, `Lord, help me get out of this one.’ ‘’

“The doctor said he was going to have to cut me open. I said, ‘Okay, just don’t mess my abs up.’ . . . they saw the vein was torn. They stitched it back together and here I am today.’’

Surgeons at the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Center saved Hayden’s life. The injury is said to have a 95 percent fatality rate.

Hayden didn’t work out at the scouting combine, but was able to work out for scouts, get cleared medically and clock a 4.33 time in the 40-yard dash.

Before the injury, Hayden was considered the top cornerback in the country. His performance in offseason workouts caused his stock to steadily grow, and CBSSports.com reported the Raiders were even considering Hayden at No. 3.

Hayden was the Conference USA Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 2011. He had six interceptions in 23 games for Houston, returning two for touchdowns.

One of the weakest units on the Raiders last season, the Raiders now have Hayden and free agent acquisitions Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins at cornerback.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • People, Hell and Al Davis

    95 % chance of death: Hayden beats it!

    95 % of posts on this blog hate the pick.

    Hayden will prove you wrong!

    If the blog hates it…..I see it as a good sign.

    Great pick Reggie!

  • Kirk

    I kept thinking the Raiders can’t blow another draft, but I was wrong.

  • SilverLining20

    I thought we could trade back a little more and get Hayden but at this point I trust that Reggie knows more than me.

    Hayden is a great story and officially a Raider, so I’m fully behind him!

  • http://www.raiders.com Silverandblack666

    “There was another CB that the Raiders drafted that the haters boo’ed….his name was Nnamdi.”

    Who is playing for 1.3 million with no guarantees…

  • The_Judge37

    194.Al_is_theraiders Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:07 pm
    C’mon Reggie lovers……patience….lol
    ——

    Doesn’t matter if you called this right, THIS IS NOT FUNNY

  • eldiabs

    Trade possible getting the best player in the Draft Wommack for a CB and a second round loser……. Get rid of Reggie,,, he hired Knapp Allen and the rest. There is a reason he was in Green Bay and never got promoted…….. Raider Fan since 1975 and this was the last straw,,, life is too F’n short

  • RaiderRockstar

    Allen & Tarver were both DB’s as players.

    1st draft choice = CB. no surprise

    secondary is important. It’s a passing league

  • rediaR

    All the pass rushers worth taking there were off the board.

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    lraidmanhattan Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:04 pm
    Wow what losers posting here, we finally got a GM that gives a crap and knows what he is doing

    =======

    Yeah Al neve gave a crap and never knew what he was doing based on the jewelry he was buried with.

  • John David Booty

    ElkGRaider Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:05 pm
    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:02 pm
    Reggie said the guy can flat out cover.. Put on the tape and it was apparent he was the Raiders guy.

    Reggie says talk to him alot.. took him out to dinner.. the kid is intelligent. has fortitude and can make plays

    Mayock loves the pick
    ==============

    I’m down with it. Trust the GM or jump ship gentlemen…
    ——————
    Uh, No. GM does not supersede TEAM. Ive been a Raiders fan long before McKenzie was here, and will be one long after.

    I wish Hayden well, and now that hes a Raider, I’ll pull for him, but I think we couldve done much better.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    dr_robert Says:
    ok. i never saw hayden coming. who did?
    =================================================

    I don’t know. Let’s look.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    rediaR Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Star was never on the board. He quit football.
    =======================================

    This is true.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Hayden looks like a ballhawk to me.

    Please let this mean that the freaking moron Tits is going to keep TAIWAN at RB.

    LMAO at Floyd and Geno Smith dropping like toilet seats.

  • Jackie Bibby

    Our secondary is lightyears better I will admit though, taiwan should consider going back to hb because he surely isnt gonna get any burn at cb.

  • SnBG

    Our Secondary just got great

  • JT

    On second toughts we are forgetting We have to play Manning 2 times.

    So a DB is a good idea if you have a QB that gets rid of the ball after 3 steps.

    I agree with RaiderFan-N-KC, our Dbs are better already from last year…

  • dr_robert

    floyd at 42?

  • rediaR

    Value value value.

  • ElkGRaider

    The kid is fast and can hit…

  • Kirk

    RaiderFan-n-KC Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:07 pm
    There was another CB that the Raiders drafted that the haters boo’ed….his name was Nnamdi.
    ……………………………………….

    How did that work out?

    Losing season after losing season.

  • rediaR

    Dr_robert Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:09 pm
    floyd at 42?
    —————–
    Haha. That would be like the Bruce Campbell situation.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Jackasspuria — (trade) D.J. Hayden

  • The_Judge37

    RaiderFan-n-KC Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:07 pm
    There was another CB that the Raiders drafted that the haters boo’ed….his name was Nnamdi
    ———-

    Nnamdi was taken in the 30′s, not 12

  • Plunketthead

    Lots of good D linemen left in the draft.

    Haden will make plays in DA’s D

  • http://www.raiders.com Silverandblack666

    “PLease NO, I can’t take anymore of Reggie’s master negotiation skills”

    LMFAO

    I agree 100% please NO find someone else to consummate trades for you please……

  • J Hill

    C’mon Reggie lovers……patience….lol

    —————————————————————-

    This is pretty funny to see the roles switch a little bit.

    I’m kinda laughing that you and ChrisinNY are “kinda” back on board.

  • aig-raiders

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur 8m

    McKenzie said he would have taken Hayden 3rd if no trade offers came in

  • PlunkforHOF

    What is the Raider legend as far as cornerbacks? Too many for someone as drunk as me can remember right now.

    I drink the KoolAid EVERY F@CKIN YEAR. I always will. I hope this pick turns out to be genious.

  • http://www.psalm23sportswear.com omniscience

    D.J Hayden
    Tracy Porter
    Mike Jenkins
    Usama Young
    Reggie Smith
    Tyvon Branch
    Coyie Francis
    Phillip Adams
    Taiwan Jones

    It IS A PASSING LEAUGE HEY THE NINERS WANTED THIS GUY

  • itzSteve

    Reggie’s draft grade so far: C-

    Not enough value for the trade down from #3 to #12. We gave up basically a 2nd round picks worth of value there.

    I have no complaints with the Hayden pick other than he still didn’t get enough value. I think he could have traded back further and still picked Hayden.

    Reggie had better have a great day 2…

  • eastoaklandraider

    hayden is terrible pick

  • John David Booty

    You know what, I tried go give Reggie the benefit of the doubt, but this is the same guy that drafted Nathan Stupar and picked Dennis Allen as coach.

    Reggie = C class scout impersonating a GM.

  • rediaR

    We weren’t taking an average DT when we have 3 DTs probably better and a LE that many here think is a better DT.
    We weren’t taking a DT that quit football.
    We weren’t reaching for the next pass rusher.
    We weren’t picking a project QB.

    Good pick. BPA.

  • dr_robert

    The_Judge37 Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:07 pm
    178.RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:05 pm
    I think Reggie is gonna get that 5th round pick back, too

    2nd round is gonna rock tomorrow
    —-\

    PLease NO, I can’t take anymore of Reggie’s master negotiation skills

    *********

    that made me laugh.

  • Twinkle

    Evening Nation.

    Well we all got the first pick on the money huh? lol
    Bill Williamson BSPN called right after the trade down
    was announced.Worth an 85.1 on the NFLN which means an immediate starter.Bet our two new CB’s are overjoyed. lol

  • RaiderRockstar

    Hayden is just a piece to the puzzle, like Star or anybody else would have been

    Raider fans overreact

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    John David Booty Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:00 pm
    Like the player, hate the pick. We could have done much better to improve this team for years to come. Guess what? I guarantee there will be another DJ Hayden in next years draft. Horrible, horrible waste. We will regret this pick for years, just like picking Michael Huff over Haloti Ngata. Im officially ready for a new GM.

    =======

    So you wanna campaign for Gruden/McCloughan 2014 too?

  • J Hill

    taiwan should consider going back to hb because he surely isnt gonna get any burn at cb.

    —————————————————————————–

    Yeah, my T Jones propaganda just took a big hit, lol.

  • Kirk

    Al Davis took CBs in the first round of 5 out of 8 drafts.

    The Raiders really are the dumbest team in football.

  • http://www.psalm23sportswear.com omniscience

    Niners trade up Putos..

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Jackasspuria — (trade) D.J. Hayden
    ==================================================

    By the way, screw you.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:10 pm
    Jackasspuria — (trade) D.J. Hayden

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I’m gonna go ahead and bow down right now for a sec.

  • boss01

    This makes no freaking sense, you don’t need great corners in this league to win anymore. Check recent super bowl teams, none had great corners. This stinks.

  • ElkGRaider

    Uh, No. GM does not supersede TEAM. Ive been a Raiders fan long before McKenzie was here, and will be one long after.

    I wish Hayden well, and now that hes a Raider, I’ll pull for him, but I think we couldve done much better.
    =============

    What was the strength/deepness of this draft? D-lineman right?

    If thats the strength then shouldnt we pick a solid one up with our next pick? They said there wasnt much difference in players after the mid 1st round…

  • Thec

    E&J Brandy first QB taken…Mystic good call

  • dr_robert

    i predicted manuel would be drafted too high.

    a lot of people think nassib is the best qb in the draft.

  • Raider Mayne

    Did DJ Hayden work at IHOP or some thing ? I really think we missed a chance to draft a diffrence maker on the oline or dline !

  • John David Booty

    Omniscience Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:11 pm
    D.J Hayden
    Tracy Porter
    Mike Jenkins
    Usama Young
    Reggie Smith
    Tyvon Branch
    Coyie Francis
    Phillip Adams
    Taiwan Jones

    It IS A PASSING LEAUGE HEY THE NINERS WANTED THIS GUY
    ————————-
    Niners also are set at the trenches. They can afford to go after DBs. We cant. We needed trench help. Reggie must think Christian Bilukidi is Mean Joe Green.

  • RaidingTexas

    I guess there’s a silver lining in this: No Ansah and no Geno. I was about to cry like a grown man has never cried when all that Geno crap hit twitter right before the pick was announced.

  • Kirk

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:12 pm
    Hayden is just a piece to the puzzle, like Star or anybody else would have been

    Raider fans overreact
    ……………………………………..

    Yes, a 190 lb CB is going to take us to the Super Bowl.