Oakland Raiders Draft Pick: D.J. Hayden, Houston, Cornerback

D.J. Hayden

Cornerback from Houston


The first feel good story of the night. Hayden nearly died in practice last year when he tore the inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body back to the heart. Doctors said 95% of individuals who sustain this tear end up dying. Emergency surgery saved both his life and his playing career. He's a great cover corner, but the Raiders reached a bit here. I'm surprised he went in the top-15.  

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Michael Calabrese

Currently he is the editor-in-chief of My Halls of Fame (MyHOFS.com), a contributing writer for Football Nation and a featured guest on Sirius/XM's Fantasy Sports Channel. He graduated from Loyola College in Maryland with a BA in Writing & Political Science. When Mike isn't writing, his interests include watching anything produced by AMC and running his two fantasy leagues (college football and college basketball).

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