There's a distinct possibility that Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden could be in the first-round discussion for the 2013 NFL draft had it not been for a freak injury late in his senior season.
During a practice last November, Hayden suffered a tear in his inferior vena cava—a life-threatening incident that ultimately cost the cornerback the final four games of his collegiate career.
In 20 games before the injury, Hayden made six interceptions, defended 25 passes and established a reputation for being one of the best cornerbacks in Conference USA.
In the following slides, we'll present some of Hayden's top collegiate highlights from his time at Houston.