Here's a link to last year's rookie reports. Now let's get to this year's...
1st round pick: cornerback D.J. Hayden, Houston
-Good change of direction/fluid in the hips and with his back pedal
-Past two years at Houston he’s had six interceptions, with three stealthily scooted in for TD’s
-Has good speed (ran a 4.33 40-yard dash), which would’ve probably made Al soak one of those towels of his
-Will swiftly maneuver inside/outside the receiver for a reach around
-Excellent ball skills with superb instincts
-When he gets inside your hip pocket, he’ll pick your nose as an intimidation tactic
-Makes plays as a tackler
-Masterfully swipes & swoops the football out
- Although fully cleared medically, Hayden nearly died in a collision during practice last year. But you should have seen other guy
-Some scouts say he’s not physical enough on the field, even though he literally almost took one for the team
-Not typical height or arm length
-Can sometimes get boxed out on run plays
-Has been known after games to ‘pop’ 5-hour energy drinks all over the locker room
Hayden immediately makes the Raiders' secondary better, adding great depth to nice looking secondary on paper. If he can come back from his freak injury and be the difference maker the Raiders expect him to be, then this is a really good pick. As long as he comes up with some turnovers in year one he’ll not have to be Superman right away to make this pick valid.