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    Raiders came within two minutes of taking Hayden at No. 3

    Raiders came within two minutes of taking Hayden at No. 3
    Posted by Mike Florio on April 26, 2013, 7:43 AM EDT

    How badly did the Raiders want cornerback D.J. Hayden? Badly enough to take him with the third overall selection, if they werenít able to trade down.

    According to Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports, the call from the Dolphins regarding a possible trade came with two minutes left in the 10-minute window.

    And if the call hadnít come, which resulted in the Dolphins moving from No. 12 to get defensive end Dion Jordan, the player who nearly died last year after a fairly routine collision in practice would have been taken by the Raiders at No. 3.

    Oakland had no concern about someone else taking Hayden before No. 12, but with strong indications emerging on Thursday that the Raiders wanted Hayden, the risk arose that someone else would trade up and leapfrog Oakland.

    In the end, it didnít happen. And the Raiders move forward with a player who can help keep Peyton Manning, Phillip Rivers, and Alex Smith from scorching the Oakland secondary.


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    Re: Raiders came within two minutes of taking Hayden at No. 3

    Wow! I thought Hayden @ 12 was a little crazy.

    But Hayden @ 3 ???
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