October 06, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Cougars defensive back D.J. Hayden (2) makes a tackle on North Texas Mean Green tight end Drew Miller (86) during the fourth quarter at Robertson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft: Could D.J. Hayden Fall To The Washington Redskins In Second Round?

I found it very interesting that Charley Casserly, on NFL.com’s Inside The Washington Redskins War Room was picking University of Houston Cornerback D.J. Hayden as a prospect that Coach Mike Shanahan, and Redskins Nation could pick up in the second round with the 51st pick.

This pick is very interesting on two points. Casserly prefaced his pick with Coach Shanahan, and Executive VP & General Manager Bruce Allen as being gamblers, and willing to take a chance on Hayden in lieu of his near death injury in a practice session last November. Hayden collided with a teammate, and tore his inferior vena cava. Now I’m far from being a med student, but that kind of injury sounds pretty serious.

The vena cava is a main vein in the body that carries blood from the lower parts of the body, back to the heart. Less than 5% of people sustaining this type of injury survive, let alone recover enough to ever play football again.

Obviously, Hayden’s recovery has raised some red flags among coaches, and General Managers, but some sources are reporting his draft status is on the rise . In fact, some reputable draft sources have him going in the mid to late first round. Obviously Casserly thinks for some reason he might fall into the second round, and be available for the Redskins.

D.J. Hayden is a Senior out of The University of Houston, and is a Cornerback that is 5 foot 11 and at 191 pounds, and has spent some time at Free Safety. In the combines, he showed 4.40 speed with a vertical jump of 33.5 inches. He appears to have the speed to help the Redskins with speedy receivers, and the strength to handle the running game.

I’m not sure where Casserly is getting his information, but Mike Mayock, the lead draft analyst for the NFL Network has Hayden as the best cornerback prospect on the board, and has him going from 10th to 21st.  Mayock said Hayden answered questions about his medical status during interviews at the NFL combine in February and his performance at UH’s pro day in mid-March, when he was clocked at 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

With The Washington Redskins needing help at all four Defensive Back positions, you would think Shanahan, and Allen would have to put some faith in the medical reports on this prospect, and give him a good look. With teams well ahead of Washington in the draft who are also looking for help in the defensive backfiels, I don’t think this is going to be a problem. I think Casserly is full of it if he thinks this kid will make it to the 51st pick.

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