Raiders selected Houston CB D.J. Hayden with the No. 12 overall pick.
This is one of two picks the Raiders received from Miami for trading back from No. 3. They used it to get their man, who fills a massive need. Of course, the Raiders have massive needs at essentially every position. One of the draft's true "risers," Hayden (5-foot-11, 191) earned first-team All-CUSA honors as a senior despite being limited to nine games by a torn heart cavity suffered in a fluke practice collision. He was medically cleared this offseason, and buoyed by phenomenal tape. Rated the draft's No. 1 corner by Mike Mayock, Greg Cosell and Doug Farrar, Hayden is blessed with exceptionally quick and sudden feet, plays aggressively on the ball and has extensive experience as a "matchup" cover man, shadowing No. 1 receivers. Also a takeaway specialist, Hayden racked up six picks, six forced fumbles and 11 tackles for loss across 22 college starts.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 09:39:00 PM