Selected by Oakland Raiders in first round (12th overall) of 2013 NFL Draft, April 25, 2013.
AT A GLANCE
2013: Played in eight games with two starts before having rookie season cut short due to a groin injury...Saw significant action on the outside in nickel situations...Recorded 29 tackles (23 solo), one interception, two passes defensed and one forced fumble...Placed on injured reserve on Nov. 20...(9/8) at Ind.: Made NFL debut, seeing action at CB in nickel situations...Credited with three solo tackles...Also saw action as a gunner on punt coverage...(9/15) vs. Jac.: Posted six tackles (five) and first-career pass defensed...(9/23) at Den.: Made first career start...Saw extensive action, totaling six tackles (two)...(10/6) vs. SD: Recorded first career interception, picking off Philip Rivers in the end zone late in the fourth quarter, essentially clinching a Raiders victory...Also tied a season high with six tackles (five)...Credited with a pass defensed...(10/13) at KC: Forced a third-quarter fumble with a hit on WR Donnie Avery inside the Raiders’ 10-yard line...Fumble was recovered by S Charles Woodson…Added two solo tackles...(10/27) vs. Pit.: Credited with five solo tackles...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Made second start of the season...Posted one solo tackle.
COLLEGE: Played two years at Houston after transferring from Navarro Junior College…Garnered All-Conference USA honors in each of his two seasons at Houston…Played in 22 games with 21 starts before having his senior season cut short due to an injury to his inferior vena cava, suffered in a practice collision…Recorded six interceptions, 127 tackles (90 solo), one sack, 11 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 19 passes defensed in two seasons…As a senior, started all nine games in which he appeared…Earned first-team All-Conference USA honors despite missing last portion of the season due to his injury…Ranked second on the team with four interceptions and eight passes defensed…Returned two of four interceptions for touchdowns, including a 75-yard return at SMU and a 95-yard return vs. UTEP…Had two interceptions vs. UTEP…Also picked off a pass and forced a fumble at UCLA…Recorded a fumble recovery vs. UAB…Posted a career-high 10 tackles vs. Louisiana Tech and had nine-tackle games against North Texas and UAB…Named Conference USA Defensive Newcomer of the Year as a junior…Named second-team All-Conference USA…Led team with 11 passes defensed and finished fifth on team with two interceptions…Forced a team-high five fumbles…Forced a fumble in each of the season’s final five games…Recovered two fumbles…Had eight tackles for loss and one sack…Returned an interception 54 yards for a score at UAB…Posted two tackles for loss in the 2012 TicketCity Bowl victory over Penn State…Had five tackles, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery vs. Rice…Had nine tackles against Marshall and eight stops each against Tulsa and Southern Mississippi…Helped lead Navarro Junior College to the 2010 NJCAA national championship…Played in 11 games, posting 35 tackles (33) as a sophomore…Ranked No. 41 on Rivals.com’s top-50 junior college players…Had three interceptions, including one return for a touchdown…Registered six passes defensed…Played in 10 games as a freshman, totaling 23 tackles…Majored in sociology.
PERSONAL: Attended Fort Bend Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas…Played four years of basketball…Participated in various Play 60 events and Toys for Tots as a rookie in 2013.
Second-year CB DJ Hayden spoke to media after taking the field for the first day of OTAs. His 2013 season was cut short due to injury after he missed much of the offseason program.
We revisit the 2013 NFL Draft through the eyes of first round pick DJ Hayden. The second-year cornerback's fight through adversity has prepared him for the 2014 season.