ALAMEDA -- The first round of the NFL draft tends to be one of the safest, sanest places in the sports. Everybody's watching, and no football "expert" wants to be the guy who gets it wrong in public. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie shrugged at such convention Thursday and selected the player he wanted, despite obvious high stakes and very evident and legitimate concerns. McKenzie attached his reputation to Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden, who is less than six months removed from nearly dying on the field.
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