Selected by Oakland Raiders in the first round (12th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft, April 25, 2013.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Former first-round selection enters his third season with the Raiders, having played in 18 games over the previous two years…Career totals include 74 tackles (60 solo), two INTs, 18 passes defensed and one forced fumble…Began the 2014 campaign on the reserve/physically unable to perform list for the first six games before returning for the final 10…Played primarily in nickel situations as a rookie in 2013 before an injury ended his year.
2014: Spent the first six games on the reserve/physically unable to perform list with a foot injury before returning to play in the final 10 games with eight starts in second NFL season...Totaled 45 tackles (37 solo) and tied for the team lead with 16 passes defensed...Also recorded second career INT...(10/26) at Cle.: Saw first action in nearly a calendar year, playing on special teams and in red zone defensive packages...(11/2) at Sea.: Played significant snaps on defense due to the absence of CB Carlos Rogers...Posted six tackles (three) and a career-best four passes defensed...(11/9) vs. Den.: Started at cornerback and notched his first INT of the season, picking off QB Peyton Manning on the game’s second play from scrimmage...Credited with two solo tackles and two passes defensed...(11/16) at SD: Started at cornerback and registered a career-high seven tackles (six)...Posted one pass defensed and helped limit San Diego to just 180 yards through the air...(11/20) vs. KC: Notched four tackles (three) and one pass defensed...(12/7) vs. SF: Totaled four tackles (three) and one pass defensed...(12/14) at KC: Credited with four solo tackles and two passes defensed...(12/21) vs. Buf.: Tied a season high with six solo tackles...Also credited with two passes defensed...(12/28) at Den.: Started eighth straight game, posting six tackles (five) and three passes defensed.
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 INT, two passes defensed and one forced fumble...Placed on the reserve/injured list on Nov. 20...(9/8) at Ind.: Made NFL debut, seeing action at cornerback 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 INT, picking off QB 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...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 in Corsicana, Texas…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 127 tackles (90 solo), six INTs, 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 INTs and eight passes defensed…Returned two of four INTs for TDs, including a 75-yard return at SMU and a 95-yard return vs. UTEP…Had two INTs vs. UTEP…Also picked off a pass and forced a fumble at UCLA…Posted a career-high 10 tackles vs. Louisiana Tech…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 INTs…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 INT 54 yards for a score at UAB…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 INTs, including one return for a TD…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.
Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden spoke to the media at his locker after the team's Wednesday practice as the Raiders get ready to host the Bengals.