24-Year-Old Cornerback – Oakland Raiders
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Less than a month after being drafted by the Raiders with the 12th overall pick in 2013, Hayden was forced to undergo surgery to remove scar tissue from his abdomen, an issue directly related to the N...
2014 ADP: –
Bye Week: 5
D.J. Hayden Contract Information:
Signed a contract with the Raiders in July of 2013.
Hayden (foot) was officially activated to the Raiders' 53-man roster Saturday, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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D.J. Hayden: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Hayden appeared destined for this roster move, since a bevy of injuries have hampered his progress throughout the offseason. Following an eight-game rookie season, Hayden sprained his ankle this summer and underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot just before training camp. The oft-injured cornerback is currently rehabbing his foot, but the Raiders want to ensure their 2013 first-rounder is fully healthy once he's activated. With that goal, Oakland will keep Hayden sidelined for the first six games of this season before he becomes eligible to join the team in practice. Until that happens, offseason signings Tarell Brown and Carlos Rodgers will comprise the Raiders' starting cornerback duo.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Hayden's brief NFL career has been marred by injuries. Following abdomen surgery, as well as hamstring and groin problems during his rookie season, Hayden sprained his ankle this offseason and needed surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot just before training camp. As such, Hayden played only eight games last season and will begin his second year on the Raiders' PUP list. Although the 2013 12th overall pick has increased his workout activity of late, it sounds like Oakland is comfortable easing him back to action to ensure he's finally completely functional once he returns. If Hayden misses the start of the season, Tarell Brown and Carlos Rodgers would be the Raiders' starting cornerback duo.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Life-saving surgery to repair a torn heart vain last fall wasn't enough to scare the Raiders away from taking Hayden with the No. 12 overall pick in April's draft. The second-guessing started almost immediately, however, as the 23-year-old had to undergo another procedure less than a month after being drafted to clean out scar tissue around his abdomen, which was a result of his prior surgery. Much to the delight of the Raiders, Hayden was cleared to practice ahead of the start of training camp, and he projects to start right away for Oakland, assuming his health holds up. Not only did Hayden show lock-down ability at the University of Houston, but he also displayed a great nose for finding the ball, creating 12 turnovers (6 interceptions, 6 forced fumbles) in his two years at the school.