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A quick look at Oakland's 2013 NFL Draft picks:

D.J. Hayden
Cornerback, Houston
5-11, 191
1st round, 12th overall

Key Stats: Before his senior season ended prematurely because of a life-threatening injury, Hayden played in nine games and intercepted four passes, two of which he returned for touchdowns. In two seasons at Houston, he exhibited ballhawking skills with six forced fumbles and six interceptions.

NFL Potential: Hayden has average size and strength by NFL standards but reportedly wooed scouts when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds and recorded a a 33.5-inch vertical leap during Houston's Pro Day in mid-March. He has outstanding closing speed and anticipation skills to make a play on the ball even after he is beaten in pass coverage. His comeback from a serious injury shows his strong motivation and character.

Injury Concerns: Hayden reportedly was moments from death last Nov. 6 after a collision during practice. A teammate's knee to the chest tore Hayden's inferior vena cava — the primary vein which carries blood from the lower half of the body back up to the heart. He was taken to a hospital and underwent lifesaving surgery.

Did You Know?: Hayden is the first cornerback selected by the Raiders in the first round since Fabian Washington in 2005.

Menelik Watson
Offensive tackle, Florida State
6-5, 310
2nd round, 42nd overall

Key Stats: In the 2012 season with the Seminoles, Watson allowed just one sack in 13 games. He started 12 games for a Florida State offense that set a school record with 6,591 total yards.

NFL Potential: Some draft prognosticators had Watson going in the first round. He is considered strong and physical yet unpolished in blocking technique. 

Did You Know?: A native of Manchester, England, Watson reportedly grew up playing soccer, basketball and boxed. He played one season of basketball at Marist College before trying football at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif. He played one season at Florida State before foregoing his remaining college eligibilty.   

Sio Watson
Linebacker, Connecticut
6-1, 245
3rd round, 66th overall

Key Stats: Moore was a three-year starter for UConn with 274 tackles, including 43 tackles for loss. He was a first-team All-Big East selection in the 2012 season, contributing eight sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss. 

NFL Potential: Tough, disciplined linebacker who exhibited playmaking ability (16 sacks, four interceptions, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 41 games) as a collegian. Moore is a strong competitor and explosive hitter who will be a special teams contributor as a rookie as he battles for playing time at weak-side linebacker. 

Did You Know?: Moore was born in Liberia in Africa but moved to the U.S. as a child.

Tyler Wilson
Quarterback, Arkansas
6-2, 218
4th round, 112th overall

Key Stats: As a junior in the 2011 season, Wilson threw for 3,638 yards, 24 touchdowns and only six interceptions in leading the Razorbacks to an 11-2 record. In 2012, he threw for 3,387 yards, 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions as Arkansas went 4-8.

NFL Potential: Strong-armed quarterback whose drafting position dipped after an inconsistent senior season compared to a strong junior season. With the Raiders, Wilson will compete for playing time with projected starter Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor.

Did You Know?: Wilson is only the fourth quarterback drafted by the Raiders since 1993, following No. 1 overall pick in 2007 JaMarcus Russell, 2005 third-rounder Andrew Walter and 2001 second-rounder Marques Tuiasosopo in 2000.

Nick Kasa
Tight End, Colorado
6-6, 260
6th round, 172nd overall

Key Stats: Kasa had 25 catches for 391 yards and three touhdowns for the Buffaloes during the 2012 season. He reportedly switched from defensive end to tight end eight games into his junior season.

NFL Potential: Kasa could land a spot on Oakland's regular-season roster because of a lack of depth at tight end. The Raiders lost starter Brandon Myers, who signed with the New York Giants after the 2012 season. Backups David Ausberry and Richard Gordon are the only tight ends with NFL experience on the Raiders' roster.

Did You Know?: Kasa is the second player selected by Oakland during the 2013 draft who was coached by the Raiders staff during the Senior Bowl. Offensive tackle Menelik Watson, a second-round choice of the Raiders, also played in the 2013 Senior Bowl.

Latavius Murray
Running Back, Central Florida
6-2, 223
6th round, 181st overall

Key Stats: Murray rushed for 1,106 yards on 198 carries with 15 touchdowns for the Knights during the 2012 season. He also had 27 receptions for 231 yards and four touchdowns. The Nedrow, New York native finished his college career with 2,424 rushing yards, 37 rushing touchdowns, 50 receptions, 524 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns. Murray did not lose a fumble in the final 407 carries of his college career. His lone lost fumble was against Memphis in 2008.

NFL Potential: Murray has the versatility and speed to land a regular-season roster spot with the Raiders as a backup running back and special teams contributor.

Did You Know?: Murray is the first Central Florida player to have a rushing touchdown in nine straight games.

Mychal Rivera
Tight End, Tennessee
6-3, 244
6th round, 184th overall

Key Stats: Rivera contributed 36 receptions for 562 yards and five touchdowns for the Volunteers during the 2012 season.

NFL Potential: Rivera could earn a spot on Oakland's regular-season roster because of a lack of depth at tight end. The Raiders lost starter Brandon Myers, who signed with the New York Giants after the 2012 season. Backups David Ausberry and Richard Gordon are the only tight ends with NFL experience on the Raiders' roster.

Did You Know?: Rivera is the second Volunteers tight end to have 1,000 plus receiving yards in a career, finishing with 1,018, joining Reggie Harper (school record 1,141).

Stacy McGee
Defensive Tackle, Oklahoma
6-4, 299
6th round, 205th overall

Key Stats: McGee contributed a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss in six games for the Sooners during the 2012 season. He reportedly spent the first six games of the season suspended for violating university rules during the preseason.

NFL Potential: McGee has a chance of earning playing time as a rookie because Oakland did not re-sign former starting defensive tackles Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly. The Raiders also lost quality reserve Desmond Bryant, who signed with the Cleveland Browns after the 2012 season.

Did You Know?: As a sophomore in 2010, McGee had a career-high two tackles for loss against Cincinnati.

Brice Butler
Wide Receiver, San Diego State
6-3, 205
7th round, 209th overall

Key Stats: Butler had 24 catches for 347 yards and four touchdowns for the Aztecs during the 2012 season.

NFL Potential: The speedy Butler needs to earn a spot on special teams to stick with the Raiders as a rookie.

Did You Know?: Butler played his first three collegiate seasons at USC before transferring to San Diego State. He reportedly did not have to redshirt at San Diego State because he had already earned his bachelor's degree.

David Bass
Defensive End, Missouri Western State
6-4, 262
7th round, 233rd overall

Key Stats: Bass contributed 11.5 sacks for the Griffons during the 2012 season and 40.5 sacks for his career. He started a school-record 50 consecutive games.

NFL Potential: Bass has a chance of earning a roster spot as a rookie because of Oakland's lack of depth at defensive end. Among the current defensive ends on the team's roster are starter Lamarr Houston, Andre Carter, free-agent signee Jason Hunter and 2012 draft pick Jack Crawford.

Did You Know?: As a senior in 2012, Bass was one of eight finalists for the Gene Upshaw Award, given annually to the best lineman at the Division II level.

Contributing: Associated Press,
Contra Costa Times

Updated: 04-27-2013


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