Raiders Select CB D.J. Hayden At No. 12

The Raiders, exercising a pick acquired from the Dolphins in a trade earlier on Thursday, selected Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden with the No. 12 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

PFT’s Mike Florio reported earlier Thursday that the Raiders had interest in Hayden, who was regarded as one of the top CB prospects in the draft.

Hayden’s senior season at Houston was cut short by a freak accident. He suffered a ruptured inferior vena cava,  a blood-vessel injury that can be fatal. However, he has recovered, and now, he figures to contend for a role in the Raiders’ secondary in his first NFL season.