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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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  • hendu

    Hes a Raider, and a darn good DB. Hope we focus on dline and oline, vet wr, and a rook wr tomorrow and Sat.

  • Reggies Got Balls

    Reggie got his guy. Hayden was at the top of his list and he got a 42nd pick out of it too. Hayden plus a 2nd rounder. Reggies gears in motion.

  • raidertbone

    I was sure that the Raiders would tab either Star or Shariff with the #12 overall pick. Having said that, I don’t think this is a bad pick at all – now, we will DEFINITELY have to go D-Line in Round 2 (run stuffer or pass rusher). Either B.J. Raji or Brian Orakpo should already be in Silver and Black, but that’s water under the bridge. Go Reggie – give ‘em hell!

  • dr_robert

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:13 pm
    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

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

    By the way, screw you.

    **********

    uh, he made that prediction AFTER the news came earlier today.

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    Aig-Raiders Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:11 pm
    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur 8m

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

    =========

    Jesus…All part of his “Master negotiation skills”.

  • ElkGRaider

    Can somebody please make a list of the doubters?

    List of those jumping ship:

    1. 666

  • RaidingTexas

    I knew SF would trade up. It was a given. 13 picks is too many.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    realtruraider Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Trade down and take Hayden or Jones, those two will be the best defensive players from this draft day one

  • Thec

    We achived objective 1, thats getting into the 2nd rd.

    We pick 10th tommorrow, and if the trend holds, it will be Tank.

  • jackasspuria

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

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

    By the way, screw you.

    —————

    Hahaha!

  • scinfidel

    How do we pass on Star, Shariff or Sheldon??? DJ might be legit but I’m so tired of watching RB’s go for 5 yards at a pop… Not happy with this pick!

  • Kirk

    We had a chance to take a quality OT or DT and we traded and took a CB.

    F you, Reggie.

  • dr_robert

    wow. floyd falling hard.

  • aig-raiders

    same here on Geno RaidingT.

    Jarvis Jones is going to be a stud and reason why the Steelers are great on the D for so many yrs. They careless about combine stats and just look at production.

  • R8ER MIKE

    Well at least we didn’t pick Te’o.
    just saying.

  • Raider Mayne

    How are we going to RUSH the passer ? Reggie BETTER get a dline guy in the 2nd round …

  • The_Judge37

    With Hayden’s medical condition i can’t help but think of Mr. Chow in “The Hangover 2″.

    Star: “I had a minor Heart Condition before the combine”
    Hayden: “But did you die?”
    Star: “I Felt really sick”
    Hayden: “But Did-you-Die?”

  • JB

    Not impressed with our pick. I’m a “build the lines” type of guy. Yes we need help at CB but we have other needs everywhere. I guess Reggie’s Green Bay dumpster was void of DB’s.

  • J Hill

    Aig-Raiders Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur 8m

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

    ——————————————————————————

    I laugh at all the people who don’t recognize McKenzie comes from the Al Davis tree.

  • dr_robert

    watch how much better the pass rush is with good corners.

  • aig-raiders

    I saw a tweet that a scout said Floyd was terrible and a prodcut of media hype.

  • aig-raiders

    dr_robert Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    watch how much better the pass rush is with good corners.
    ————-
    yeah we had NNamdi. Our pass rush was awesome. You sir know nothing about football.

  • RaidingTexas

    Wow. Cowgirls only picked up a 3rd rounder out of that. Jerry retains rights to worst GM in the NFL label.

  • zopi

    Tatum
    Colzie
    Davis
    Watts
    Terry Mac
    Chucky Woods
    Buchanon
    Nnamdi
    Fabian
    Dj ???

  • Al_is_theraiders

    Lol…. I can’t stop laughing….Reggie is all over the place…zbs uhmmm no lets use power, zone defense….uhmmmm no lets use man, al guys are horrible…. Uhmmm no let’s get a cb in the first….it’s freakin comical how confused Reggie is.

  • RaiderFan-n-KC

    How can you like a player that took a regular hit and his heart exploded?
    ————

    The same way some fans were ga-ga over Star’s heart condition

  • John David Booty

    Guess they hope Hayden is gonna get a lot of RB tackles.

  • Thec

    Scinfidel Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:15 pm
    How do we pass on Star, Shariff or Sheldon??? DJ might be legit but I’m so tired of watching RB’s go for 5 yards at a pop… Not happy with this pick!

    ++++++++=

    They org may think more highly of guys like Christo…

    Face it we have holes everywhere, we will get some TRENCHMEN

  • The_Judge37

    266.Raider Mayne Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:16 pm
    How are we going to RUSH the passer ? Reggie BETTER get a dline guy in the 2nd round …
    —–

    Very Delayed Saftey Blitz

  • dr_robert

    wanna talk reach? niners just did big time.

  • Twinkle

    PlunkforHOF Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    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.
    ********************************************
    Bottom’s up there Plunk…..the secret is hiding near the bottom of the next glass….keep searching you’ll
    find it mate….I know this from experience. lol

  • rediaR

    Aig-Raiders Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:16 pm
    I saw a tweet that a scout said Floyd was terrible and a prodcut of media hype.
    —————————-
    Terrible is a little extreme. He’s just a guy though.

  • SnBG

    Hayden and Porter. Fantastic. Now go get a Okefor

  • J Hill

    Thec,

    What is the “trend”?

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    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

  • RaidingTexas

    dr_robert Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    watch how much better the pass rush is with good corners.

    ———————————————

    It usually works the other way around. Great pass rush takes heat off corners.

  • Kirk

    No OT, Flynn gets killed.

    No DT, Hayden gets killed.

  • JT

    Aig-Raiders Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:15 pm
    same here on Geno RaidingT.

    Jarvis Jones is going to be a stud and reason why the Steelers are great on the D for so many yrs. They careless about combine stats and just look at production.

    I agree, jarvis Jonws is a perfect fit for Pitt. They always seem to get their guy. Thats what makes good picks, a good player in the right system. I see jarvis Jones in that 3-4 pitt defense

  • nycraider

    all the draft calculator gurus and floyd supporters cant strut their genius anymore. enjoy the rest of the draft .

  • John David Booty

    Clowneys gonna look good in Silver & Black.

  • rediaR

    Kirk Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:19 pm
    No OT, Flynn gets killed.

    No DT, Hayden gets killed.
    ——————————
    Good thing we already had DTs. Whew!

  • r8eray

    I got a fukin headache!!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Sorry Dr-BIMBO
    There it is

  • R8RDave

    Hayden was medically cleared by all 32 NFL teams. His history on the field shows that he can be a game changer. Not one player chosen in this draft has even taken the field, so they are either all busts or all champions at this point. EVERYTHING Up to this point is all rhetoric. All we can do is sit back and hope our GM is doing his job. The proof is in the pudding! Save all the shuts talking for the Denver Donkeys or the KC Quits.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    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

  • Snakeinthegrass12

    would all of you who are ripping the Hayden pick because of his injury have liked it better if we took Star and his heart condition instead? or what about if we took the other “best corner” Milliner and his 4 major surgeries…all picks are a risk…this guys got big time talent, lets let him play before we crucify him.

  • zopi

    Gitta give it up to Mistic, he was right on EJ.

  • Raider Mayne

    2nd round Raiders pick BANANAS FOSTER BRIOCHE FRENCH TOAST out of IHOP U ! Good job Reg! ” MY French Toast”

  • Twinkle

    No need for panic.This draft is pretty deep in comparison
    to recent ones….lot of good players out there who’d love to wear the best fu@king uni in the business.

  • Thec

    J Hill Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 7:18 pm
    Thec,

    What is the “trend”?

    +++++++++++

    Taking a guy who was projected high, had an injury, and dropped a little bit.