D.J. Hayden Drafted 12th Overall by Oakland Raiders

April 25, 2013

Houston's D.J. Hayden was drafted 12th overall Thursday night by the Oakland Raiders in the first round of the NFL Draft. A medical miracle after suffering a tear of the inferior vena cava in a practice collision on Nov. 6, Hayden is the 12th first-round pick in Houston history and the first ever UH defensive back to be selected in the first round.

Hayden is the first Houston player to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since running back Antowain Smith was selected 21st overall by the Buffalo Bills.

After suffering an injury that is 95 percent fatal and had never been seen before in football, Hayden was released from Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston after just six days, much sooner than the expected six weeks originally expected by medical professionals.

D.J. Hayden Bio | Raiders Website | 2013 NFL Draft | DJ Hayden Highlights

Prior to his injury that forced him to miss the final three games of the 2012 season, Hayden recorded four interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, and eight pass breakups en route to being named first team All-Conference USA.

In his two years at Houston, after transferring from Navarro Junior College, Hayden accumulated 127 tackles, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 19 pass break ups and 6 interceptions.

 Year  Player, Position  Selection  Team
 2013  D.J. Hayden, DB  12th  Oakland Raiders
 1997  Antowain Smith, RB  23rd  Buffalo Bills
 1994  Billy Milner, OT  25th  Miami Dolphins
 1992  David Klingler, QB  6th  Cincinnati Bengals
 1990  Andre Ware, QB  7th  Detroit Lions
 1990  Lamar Lathon, LB  15th  Houston Oilers
 1981  Leonard Mitchell, DE  27th  Philadelphia Eagles
 1979  Willis Adams, WR  20th  Cleveland Browns
 1977  Wilson Whitley, DT  8th  Cincinnati Bengals
 1975  Mack Mitchell, DE  5th  Cleveland Browns
 1972  Riley Odoms, TE  5th  Denver Broncos
 1971  Elmo Wright, WR  16th  Kansas City Chiefs



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