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NFL Draft 2013: Raiders fill a need and get an extra pick
- Updated: April 26, 2013
The Oakland Raiders’ offseason has been about cleaning up the mess of the past and moving forward in a positive direction. That direction continued on Thursday night as the Raiders were the first team to make a trade during the 2013 NFL draft.
The Raiders held the No.3 overall selection, and there was much speculation about who they would select. General manager Reggie McKenzie hinted earlier in the week that he would entertain trade options; it just had to be the right deal.
“It’s whichever deal is going to help the Raiders the most,” he said. “In some cases, the offer may be too good to pass up.
The deal he could not pass up came from the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins gave the Raiders their No. 12 overall pick and a second round selection, which the Raiders’ greatly coveted.
With the No. 3 selection, the Dolphins selected Dion Jordan of Oregon. He has great potential, but there is a high bust factor. With the No. 12 selection, Oakland selected cornerback D.J. Hayden out of the University of Houston.
Hayden had health questions due to an injury he sustained to his heart. The main vein in his heart, the inferior vena cava, was torn during a collision in practice. Due to the injury, he was unable to do work at the combine; but in March he was deemed healthy and wowed at his pro day. He ran a 4.33 40 yard dash and had a 33 inch vertical leap. He will come in and immediately help solidify the Raiders’ revamped secondary.
With their second-round pick, look for the Raiders to try to fill holes at the wide receiver position or linebacker position. With quality players still on the board like wide receiver Keenan Allen or linebacker Manti Te’O, anything is possible.
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