Oakland Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden hit the weight room this offseason to bulk up. General manager Reggie McKenize believes he’ll bounce back from a rough rookie season in 2013.
Last year, McKenzie traded down from the third spot and picked cornerback DJ Hayden with the 12th pick.
Hayden was a reach, especially considering he had life-saving surgery for a torn heart vein and had his chest cut open. He then needed a follow-up procedure, missed most of the offseason training program and then struggled, looking small at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, in the eight games he played.
Hayden then injured his groin and missed the last eight games. But Hayden has hit the weights hard this winter and spring, and Allen is confident that he will have a breakout season.