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Raiders targeting D.J. Hayden with lower round-one pick

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A top-ten draft trade means that the team trading up has a specific player in mind.  For the team trading down, the thinking is that there are players they want that they can get later, along with the other stuff that comes from trading down.

For the Raiders, who reportedly are talking about trading down from the third overall pick in the draft, one of their prime targets at a lower spot on the board would be, we’re told, Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden.

Hayden has made a late rise up the draft boards.  And not in the classic media-finally-waking-up sense.  Once it was clear that Hayden has no lingering health issues following November’s near-death experience involving a fluke rupture of the inferior vena cava, his stock steadily has grown.

At the Scouting Combine, the sense was that he’d definitely go in the first two rounds.  In recent days, he has become a sure-fire first-round pick.

One source said that many teams view both his game film and his medical file as better than Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner.

So at a time when plenty (including our final mock draft) have the Browns taking Milliner at six, the outcome could be a Raiders-Browns trade, with the Raiders snagging Hayden in that spot.

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51 Responses to “Raiders targeting D.J. Hayden with lower round-one pick”
  1. ozymandias121 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:54 PM

    Trade with the 49ers. We have tons of picks and we would love to draft either Dion Jordan or Floyd.

  2. wludford says: Apr 25, 2013 12:56 PM

    They gotta find a willing trading partner first. Good luck.

  3. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 25, 2013 1:00 PM

    The Raiders trying to trade back to pick a player at his appropriate draft position?????

    Al Davis must be spinning in his grave.

  4. anhdazman says: Apr 25, 2013 1:01 PM

    If the Raiders trade back to #6, I wouldn’t exactly call that a lower round one pick.
    Lower round one pick might be 24-32 range.
    I think Hayden can be had between the 12-18 draft pick range.

  5. MyTeamsAllStink says: Apr 25, 2013 1:02 PM

    They need defensive line help first before cb help.I don’t like this decision if they do make it.Yes get picks but get a pass rusher !!!!

  6. raiderrob21 says: Apr 25, 2013 1:02 PM

    Ive been asking for this since last year ended, TRADE DOWN! We need more picks big Reg TRADE DOWN TRADE DOWN TRADE DOWN

    RAIDER NATION!!!!

  7. radrntn says: Apr 25, 2013 1:02 PM

    don’t believe it…d-line, or eifert, elam, if cooper long or warmack are still there , could go OG as well

  8. ksranum says: Apr 25, 2013 1:03 PM

    Nobody wants to move up that badly. Maybe a team in the top ten wants a big time OL but I cant see anyone after 12 or so wanting to move up that far. This year is a crap shoot.

  9. radrntn says: Apr 25, 2013 1:04 PM

    ozymandias121 says:
    Apr 25, 2013 12:54 PM
    Trade with the 49ers.
    – – – – – – – – – — – – – — – –

    everybody knows niners have a ton of picks, but only 2 or 3 guys will make squad…..you can sign any of their picks after they get cut when to need to trim the rosters

  10. floraiders says: Apr 25, 2013 1:05 PM

    Reggie warned about insiders not being truthful , giving out misinformation because of thier own agendas.. Not saying it won’t happen but #6 seems way too high ..

  11. slobmykolb says: Apr 25, 2013 1:08 PM

    Ozymandias;

    Trade with the 49ers. We have tons of picks and we would love to draft either Dion Jordan or Floyd.

    Hayden won’t last that long

  12. ozymandias121 says: Apr 25, 2013 1:09 PM

    @radrntn

    More like 5 or 6 will make the roster. And why wouldn’t you trade up? Both of those players could have immediate and big impacts for the 49ers this season and for years to come.

  13. raiderapologist says: Apr 25, 2013 1:11 PM

    Some teams aren’t sold on Hayden from a medical standpoint. Top 10 might be a bit high for him.

  14. r8rsfan says: Apr 25, 2013 1:11 PM

    Don’t know if we’re 1 good corner away from having a solid defense. There are more pressing needs on the lines. The right side of the oline is a disgrace.

  15. bechillin says: Apr 25, 2013 1:12 PM

    makes sense, he ran a 4.33

  16. fwippel says: Apr 25, 2013 1:12 PM

    Like they’re going to make that public prior to the draft? Even the Raiders aren’t that stupid.

    Smokescreen…..

  17. racerx1225 says: Apr 25, 2013 1:13 PM

    So we get the 6th pick and what else?

    We need a DT and a DE much more than a CB right now. Both the LB’s and Secondary are better than they were last year already.

    We need a DT!

  18. racerx1225 says: Apr 25, 2013 1:14 PM

    Dont forget that June 1st we can sign more players in the 2nd rd of FA. Releasing Huff freed up some money and we can sign a vet DT like Sione pouha from the Jets who was just released or somebody like that but I would much rather have Floyd or Star.

  19. naejon says: Apr 25, 2013 1:29 PM

    So, the value chart between #3, and #6, is 600 points difference. Cleveland has no second round pick because the used it in the supplementary draft. Their 3rd rounder is worth 245 points. So a trade Oakland would have to include a player unless they gave up 4 picks. Since that is unlikely, remember Cleveland has a lot of young pass rushers and signed Bryant and Kruger in the off season.

  20. thetwilightsown says: Apr 25, 2013 1:32 PM

    Newsflash: everything you hear today that doesn’t include a statement from the team itself is a lie.

    Surprise! All of a sudden, not only does a “source” know what trade we’re gonna make, but what player we’re targeting and everything! I wonder if Vegas takes bets on this thing… if so, this “source” is in the wrong profession.

  21. mullman76 says: Apr 25, 2013 1:42 PM

    @bechillin: You realize that Al Davis passed in 2011. If you are going to be snide at least try and be relevant as well.

  22. screenpass says: Apr 25, 2013 1:45 PM

    Not buying it.

  23. terripet says: Apr 25, 2013 1:46 PM

    he is going to the COLTS

  24. dowhatifeellike says: Apr 25, 2013 1:49 PM

    They might as well pick DJ Jazzy Jeff with the luck they’ve had in the draft lately.

  25. meegwell says: Apr 25, 2013 1:51 PM

    Pure speculation here. As useful as any commentors thoughts.

    “the outcome could be a Raiders-Browns trade, with the Raiders snagging Hayden in that spot”

    …yeah, the outcome could be a lot of things.

  26. nardointhenati says: Apr 25, 2013 1:54 PM

    Trade down, pick up a few extra picks and build the right way. It might make you vomit but follow the Mike Brown model.

  27. pantherpro says: Apr 25, 2013 2:01 PM

    Raiders are so pathetic that they are tarping off the third deck. Must be tough with the Niners and huge following across the Bay. Just ask the A’s and Oaktown dealing with the Giants! Good luck Raiders! You’ll find a way to screw up the draft again!

  28. Matt says: Apr 25, 2013 2:15 PM

    Reggie, don’t trade down unless you can insure we still get Floyd and we get a ton of picks.

    Sincerely,
    Floyd wants to play for the Raiders and is the best defensive player on the board. Your scouts have loved him all offseason. This isn’t a tough choice.

  29. mtdwest816 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:18 PM

    ^^ why are you so upset?

  30. Grinds My Gear says: Apr 25, 2013 2:20 PM

    I would like the Raiders to trade to Jets, take their 2 1st. Then trade the higher pick to a team like SF who wants to move into the top 10 to low teens. End up with a pick in the teens, for an offensive guard like Warmack. Then pick up Hayden in the lower 1st and the best TE available in the 2nd. It would take care of so many needs.

  31. mtdwest816 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:23 PM

    Trade down, get picks, and draft Hayden, this is a deep draft for DT’s that’s what nobody seems to understand. Draft Hayden, grab John Jenkins in the 3rd round. Problem solved, do some research make your own decisions about how the draft should go, don’t fall for the Floyd hype, he’s not as good as you guys think he is. Check out my Raiders mock by clicking on my name.

  32. laxcoach37 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:26 PM

    Raiders will trade with the Dolphins. Book it! The Fins have a crack at Fisher or woll get the targeted Johnson. the raiders take the Fins 12 for Hayden plus the Fins 42nd. It makes sense.

    To all the 49ers fans: you are too far back in the 1st, Hayden will not be there and also a little info… You do not have as many picks to trade as you think- Supplemental’s can’t be traded!

  33. silvernblak says: Apr 25, 2013 2:44 PM

    That would go against RM philosophy of building in the trenches out first! Then pick up your other outside needs later. This is all hype. RM said he was staying put unless the deal was to good to pass up. This is a prime time position in the draft to take the best DT and i dont see Reg giving it up unless its a 2nd and a 5th or better.

  34. whynotusecommonsense says: Apr 25, 2013 2:44 PM

    If the Raiders trade back they need to get a 2nd rounder this year. Cleveland doesn’t have one. I’d be shocked if they deal with Cleveland.

  35. raideralex99 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:58 PM

    If you don’t have a pass rusher … no matter how great of a corner you have … he will not be able to cover a #1 WR.
    Go with Floyd at #3.

  36. doitbigreggiemckenzie says: Apr 25, 2013 3:04 PM

    Personally, I’m hoping the Raiders trade back with the Dolphins.

    The Raiders need nearly everything. At 12 they will still have a lot of talent to pick from. Plus I think 12 opens up more options for another trade back to grab more picks.

    I know it is a wet dream, but if the Raiders could end up with 5 or 6 picks in the first three rounds, they could build both lines in this one draft and have a solid foundation right away after a monster roster purge.

  37. tsizzlehotpiss says: Apr 25, 2013 3:05 PM

    To say that Hayden is better than Demarcus Milliner, both health-wise and game film-wise, is utter insanity. Milliner has never had any significant health issues, much less the largest vein in his body randomly rupturing and nearly killing him.

  38. thraiderskin says: Apr 25, 2013 3:14 PM

    If we trade back once, I would prefer us to address the other safety spot with our first, and d-line with the probable 3rd or perhaps even 2nd and 3rd (if we trade down more than once). This is a very deep draft for the big-uglies. If we stay put at 3, I think Flloyd is the only choice.

  39. silvernblak says: Apr 25, 2013 3:22 PM

    Not a chance!

  40. silvernblak says: Apr 25, 2013 3:25 PM

    Not a chance we take a safety as our first pick. Build from the trenches out and the O line has not been addressed yet? Maybe,fisher?

  41. radrntn says: Apr 25, 2013 3:29 PM

    ozymandias121 says:
    Apr 25, 2013 1:09 PM
    @radrntn

    More like 5 or 6 will make the roster
    – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    niners may have 13 picks, but on a draft chart all 13 picks dont even equal the worth of the 3 3 pick…. in other words niners have a bunch of picks that have no trade value , maybe all 13 and next years #1

  42. youaresimple says: Apr 25, 2013 3:39 PM

    @laxcoach37…that would be absolutely ideal. A trade with the Dolphins for their 1-12 and 2-42 would be exactly what we need. Then, trade back again if we could to pick up additional picks. The Raiders could come out of this thing with 3-4 additional picks.

    Might be a bit of a reach but one can hope, right?

  43. youaresimple says: Apr 25, 2013 3:43 PM

    Although I know some want the Raiders to draft a tackle…I am pretty content with Veldheer at LT. If we were to draft one it should be RT and in the later rounds…or with a pick acquired in the second or third. Like someone else had mentioned, the right side of the o-line is absolutely atrocious.

    I definitely think we need D-line help but I have a feeling the D is going to hold up pretty well this year…well, as long as we can stay somewhat healthy.

  44. cuttyplease says: Apr 25, 2013 4:26 PM

    LOL! Why are you printing agent propaganda?

  45. pop562 says: Apr 25, 2013 5:09 PM

    49ers have 10 picks that can be traded while the other 3 are compensatory picks, still the most in the league.

  46. rushmatic says: Apr 25, 2013 5:32 PM

    ozymandias121 says:

    Trade with the 49ers. We have tons of picks and we would love to draft either Dion Jordan or Floyd.

    __________

    I love “we” talk. How do you know who Harbaugh covets?

  47. thirdistheworrd says: Apr 25, 2013 5:55 PM

    anhdazman says: Apr 25, 2013 1:01 PM

    If the Raiders trade back to #6, I wouldn’t exactly call that a lower round one pick.
    Lower round one pick might be 24-32 range.
    I think Hayden can be had between the 12-18 draft pick range.
    ______________
    Also available in the 12-18 range: players who deserve to be taken in the 12-18 range. I know the Raiders have turned over a new leaf, and Reggie is a really smart guy, but if they don’t go back further than 20 for Hayden, you’ve could have another Oakland Snafu on your hands. The kid could be good, but he was graded as a 5/6 round pick before he turned in a ridiculous 40 time: basically someone you want to be very conservative about picking.

  48. randallflagg52 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:04 PM

    nardointhenati says:
    Apr 25, 2013 1:54 PM
    Trade down, pick up a few extra picks and build the right way. It might make you vomit but follow the Mike Brown model.

    ====================================

    Mike Brown built a team the right way? Andy Dalton has beat something like 2 teams with a winning record in his career, and one of them was a Ravens team that benched their starters going into the playoffs. Dalton is one more Texan beatdown in the playoffs from being replaced.

  49. radrntn says: Apr 25, 2013 7:33 PM

    pantherpro says:
    Apr 25, 2013 2:01 PM
    Must be tough with the Niners and huge following across the Bay
    ————–
    since when is san jose across the bay?

  50. thirdistheworrd says: Apr 25, 2013 8:04 PM

    youaresimple says: Apr 25, 2013 3:39 PM

    @laxcoach37…that would be absolutely ideal. A trade with the Dolphins for their 1-12 and 2-42 would be exactly what we need. Then, trade back again if we could to pick up additional picks. The Raiders could come out of this thing with 3-4 additional picks.

    Might be a bit of a reach but one can hope, right?
    _____________
    I’m not a Raiders fan, but I’m a bad-team-solidarity fan, and I genuinely want to see the Raiders get better, but I don’t think anybody will give a 2013 second rounder to move up into the top five.

    Oakland’s best course of action would probably be to trade back a couple times and snag some picks next year– as in moving from 3 to 12 for a 2014 round two and then maybe moving back from 12 to 20 for another 2014 pick. If Hayden’s the guy they want, he’ll be there at 20. Depending how the draft goes, he may even be there at 30 or 40. Point being, the Raiders are not contenders this year, and there aren’t a whole lot of players in this class capable of turning a team into a contender, so why not just stockpile for the future using what will hopefully be their last top 5 pick.

  51. youaresimple says: Apr 25, 2013 8:46 PM

    thirdistheworrd says: Apr 25, 2013 8:04 PM

    youaresimple says: Apr 25, 2013 3:39 PM

    @laxcoach37…that would be absolutely ideal. A trade with the Dolphins for their 1-12 and 2-42 would be exactly what we need. Then, trade back again if we could to pick up additional picks. The Raiders could come out of this thing with 3-4 additional picks.

    Might be a bit of a reach but one can hope, right?
    _____________
    I’m not a Raiders fan, but I’m a bad-team-solidarity fan, and I genuinely want to see the Raiders get better, but I don’t think anybody will give a 2013 second rounder to move up into the top five.

    Oakland’s best course of action would probably be to trade back a couple times and snag some picks next year– as in moving from 3 to 12 for a 2014 round two and then maybe moving back from 12 to 20 for another 2014 pick. If Hayden’s the guy they want, he’ll be there at 20. Depending how the draft goes, he may even be there at 30 or 40. Point being, the Raiders are not contenders this year, and there aren’t a whole lot of players in this class capable of turning a team into a contender, so why not just stockpile for the future using what will hopefully be their last top 5 pick.
    _______________________________

    It made too much sense, my man! The Dolphins are trying to set themselves up for right now and Jordan was projected to PHI…they beat them to the punch.

    Definitely worked out for the Raiders! Although…I do believe you are right about Hayden. He will be there in later in the round, which is why I hope we can trade again and maybe pick up an extra 3rd rounder! Hahaha.

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