D. J. Hayden

D. J. Hayden

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Hayden in 2014
No. 25Oakland Raiders
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-06-27) June 27, 1990
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Missouri City (TX) Elkins
College: Houston
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Career history
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-C-USA (2012)
  • Second-team All-C-USA (2011)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2016
Total tackles: 161
Sacks: 1.0
Forced fumbles: 3
Pass deflections: 21
Interceptions: 3
Player stats at NFL.com

Derek Sherrard "D. J." Hayden, Jr. (born June 27, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Houston. The Raiders selected him twelfth overall in the 2013 NFL Draft.

High school career

Hayden attended Elkins High School in Missouri City, where he played for the Elkins Knights high school football team. He was teammates with Jake Matthews.

College career

Hayden played 10 games as a freshman, 2009, at Navarro College and recorded 23 tackles and one for loss. In his sophomore year 2010 he helped lead Navarro College its second NJCAA National Football Championship. During the year he played in all 11 games making 33 solo tackles. He also had 6 pass breakups and 3 interceptions with one returned for a touchdown. He also ranked #41 on Rivals.com's Top 50 Junior College players list. 21Hayden committed to University of Houston on June 8, 2010, and enrolled in the university in 2011; thereafter, he played for the Houston Cougars football team in 2011 and 2012.

Junior year

Hayden played very well the first year with the Cougars. He instantly became a shutdown corner for the UH defense and he led the team with 11 passes broken up. He also recorded 52 solo tackles, 2 interceptions with one touchdown return, 1.0 sacks and a team-leading 5 forced fumbles. The Cougars did extremely well the 2011 season, eventually having the school's first ever undefeated and untied season in its 66-year history. The season ended in the 2012 TicketCity Bowl with a win against #23 ranked Penn State.

Senior year

Hayden started the first nine games of the season in top form. Over that span, he had 61 total tackles, eight passes defended, and four interceptions. Two of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns. During practice, before his team's tenth game, he suffered a season-ending (and life-threatening) injury. He collided with a safety in a passing drill where the safety's knee struck DJ in his chest.[1] The collision tore the inferior vena cava in his heart.[2] The injury itself is most commonly seen in high-speed vehicle accidents, and the fatality rate is 95% due to the massive loss of blood. He told the media at the NFL Combine that after the accident he couldn't see much out of his left eye. It just went pitch black and he suddenly felt cold and sleepy.

Despite his injury he earned first team All-Conference USA honors.

College career statistics

Year GP Tackles Pass Defense Fumbles
Solo Ast Total Sacks Int-Yards-TD PD FRec FF
2011 13 52 14 66 1.0 2-58-1 13 2 5
2012 9 38 23 61 0 4-171-2 12 1 1


Professional career

2013 NFL Draft

Hayden was selected in the first round, 12th pick overall, in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders,[4] the second cornerback taken (after Dee Milliner). Hayden is the highest selected defensive player from Houston since Wilson Whitley in 1977. Hayden registered a 4.33 40 yard dash time at the 2013 NFL Combine.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 11 18 in 191 lb31 18 in9 in 4.33 s 1.57 s 2.60 s 33 12 in 10 ft 0 in
All values from Houston Pro Day (March 18, 2013), apart from measurements, which are from NFL Combine[5][6]

During the Raiders' Organized Team Activities (OTAs), Hayden was hospitalized with abdominal adhesions relating to his previous surgery. The adhesions were removed, and Hayden signed with the Raiders at the beginning of training camp in late July.[7][8]

Rookie season

During the early portion of his rookie season Hayden struggled. However his first career interception came versus Phillip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers during an October 6, 2013 game in Oakland. In a 24-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on October 13, Hayden recorded his first forced fumble.

2016 season

On December 3, 2016, Hayden was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.[9]

Career statistics

NFL career statistics
Season Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Year Team GP GS Comb Solo Asst Sack Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD FF FR Yds TD
2013 OAK 8 2 25 22 3 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0
2014 OAK 10 8 47 42 5 0.0 1 -1 -1.0 -1 0 10 0 0 0 0
2015 OAK 16 13 70 64 6 1.0 1 1 1.0 1 0 8 1 0 0 0
Career 32 23 142 128 14 1.0 3 0 0.0 1 0 20 2 0 0 0
Key to Abbreviations

GP = Games played
GS = Games started
Comb = Combined tackles
Solo = Solo tackles
Asst = Assisted tackles
Sack = Quarterback sacks
Int = Interceptions
Yds = Interception return yards
Avg = Average interception return
Lng = Longest interception return
TD = Interception return touchdowns
PD = Passes defended
FF = Fumbles forced
FR = Fumbles recovered
Yds = Fumble return yards
TD = Fumble return touchdowns


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