D.J. Hayden: DB, Houston
Oakland Raiders –– #12 Pick Overall
Speedy DB D.J. Hayden brings a dose of youth and sizzling speed to the Raiders secondary.
5 Random Facts
1. Prior to enrolling at the University of Houston, he helped Navarro Junior College win an NJCAA national championship in 2010.
2. Greg Coswell, an NFL Films senior producer, said of Hayden, "On film, to me, he was the best cornerback in the draft."
3. He registered a 4.33 40-yard dash time at the 2013 NFL Combine.
4. Hayden is the highest selected defensive player from Houston since Wilson Whitley in 1977.
5. He was born in Houston, Texas.
Draft Grade: B-
1. D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston.
2. Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State.
3. Sio Moore, LB, Connecticut.
4. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas.
5. Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado.
6. Latavius Murray, RB, UCF.
7. Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee.
8. Stacy McGee, DT, Oklahoma.
9. Brice Butler, WR, San Diego State.
10. David Bass, DE, Missouri Western.
DB, QB & OL
What they did right:
D.J. Hayden is an amazing story and Menelik Watson is just the type of player the Raiders needed to find in this draft. If they are able to develop the promising QB Tyler Wilson, they might be good a lot sooner then most people expect.
What they did wrong:
They might regret not taking a QB earlier and only time will tell if their later choices make an impact.