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D.J. Hayden works out for teams in Houston


Based on his performance alone, Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden was going to be a name to watch in the 2013 draft.

The fact that he survived a freak injury during a Cougars practice last season that could have ended his life has made people pay even closer attention. Hayden severed his inferior vena cava, the vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart, when he took an otherwise unremarkable hit at practice and survived thanks to quick attention from trainers and doctors.

Hayden is fully healed now and Adam Schefter reports that he held a workout¬†for NFL teams in Houston on Monday. If Hayden does well, he could wind up hearing his names called fairly early on Thursday. Mike Mayock of the NFL Network ranks him as the best cornerback in the draft, ahead of Alabama’s Dee Milliner, and there’s been increasing buzz that he’ll be off the board sooner rather than later.

Schefter didn’t have details on which teams were in attendance, though Randy McIlvoy of KPRC reports 10 teams were in attendance. The one observer that both men mention by name is Jets coach Rex Ryan. As you’ve likely heard by now, Ryan’s club just lost a pretty decent cornerback and they could look to use the first-round pick they got from Tampa for Darrelle Revis to bring in his replacement.

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7 Responses to “D.J. Hayden works out for teams in Houston”
  1. mikelitoris1 says: Apr 22, 2013 3:10 PM

    2013’s Bruce Irvin…. surprise late riser.

  2. gnorules says: Apr 22, 2013 3:13 PM

    Did he fail more then 10 drug tests?

  3. jsratx says: Apr 22, 2013 3:15 PM

    Eat em up, DJ! Making Coog Fans proud.

  4. redpillmindstate says: Apr 22, 2013 3:22 PM

    This dude is a football Playa….check the tape

  5. allidoiswin55 says: Apr 22, 2013 3:37 PM

    Wishing him well.

    But pure wishful thinking having this guy who hasn’t played or been 100% in a year (albeit not his own fault) as the top CB in the draft, no doubt he’s hungry but seriously at any moment he could re injure atleast his chest or something vital.

    Not to mention his film doesn’t have him as the top CB, Trufant is being overlooked he should be top 2,pure family pedigree and production. He was just a diamond on a bad defense until his senior season.

    Either way this kid deserves an shot, but Imo he’s getting sympathy votes.

  6. wvuandsteelers says: Apr 22, 2013 4:17 PM

    Was hoping he might fall to the Falcons, but that is looking less and less likely.

  7. dfalcon3522 says: Apr 22, 2013 4:50 PM

    I was hoping he would fall to the falcons too.

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