The Oakland Raiders are thrilled to pick in the 5th round, CB D.J. Hayden from the university of Houston.
5'-11" 190lbs 4.33 40 33.5" Vertical 10' broad jump
Before his injury, the 5-foot-11, 191-pound Hayden was enjoying a spectacular season. He was second in Conference USA with four picks, and he'd returned two of them for touchdowns. According to the team's website, just 45 of 362 opposing pass attempts were directed his way, and just 11 of those 45 were completed. Hayden also amassed eight pass breakups, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Even with the injury, he was selected to the C-USA first team at the end of the season.
Doctors originally projected a one-year recovery, but they didn't have much of a history to go on with this -- as Highsmith said, most people who suffer this injury aren't around to complete in anything. If Hayden's medicals all check out, it's possible that he could be a second- or third-round pick.
To say the Raiders needed a CB is the understatement of the year.