Draft Capsule: CB D.J. Hayden
April 18, 2013, 10:00 pm
By John Paschall
DJ Hayden (CB), Houston
5-11 | 191 lbs
61 tackles, 1 FF, 4 INT
1st Round - No. 12 overall to the Oakland Raiders
Ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Very instinctive. Strength is in man-to-man coverage. Rarely ever caught out of position. High character. Solid tackler for position. Not afraid to be physical with receivers and holds his own when going up for 50/50 balls.
Suffered near-death injury (torn inferior vena cava in heart) late in 2012 season. Will need to add more strength to continue to be physical with NFL receivers.