After being so secretive for the last few months Reggie McKenzie let the cat out of the bag today. Initially it was assumed that the Raiders were going to trade down in round one. Then McKenzie tossed a little cold water on that hot rumor.
What did the Raiders do? Go out and move down in first round after swapping picks with the Miami Dolphins in a shrewd move by GM Reggie.
Next you had to wonder just who the Raiders were considering with the 12th pick in 2013. Unless you saw the rumors swirling this morning that the apple of Oakland’s eye was the fast rising cornerback from the University of Houston named D.J. Hayden.
Proving the rumors accurate that was the exact name called when McKenzie sent in his first pick of 2013.
Hayden’s talent earned him plenty of praise as some have gone as far as to call him the best cornerback prospect in a draft class that includes Alabama’s Dee Milliner. But no matter your opinion what’s impossible to ignore is Hayden’s neat brush with death. No doubt he’s counting his blessings tonight as too is McKenzie who made a bold move to land the man he coveted all along.