Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?

D.J. Hayden: I feel my greatest strengths include my coverage skills. I can run with any WR stride for stride and I have great game preparation. I know my assignments and know what teams are doing a lot of the time because I prepare myself well.

Scott Porter: What goals do you have for yourself?

D.J. Hayden: Well right now I am just focused on making a team. Weather that is on the practice squad or active roster. I want to work as hard as possible to get the furthest I can. Once I get there I want to lead the NFL in interceptions.

Scott Porter: Is there a player you model your game after?

D.J. Hayden: Champ Bailey because of his style of play. He has elite coverage skills and I have been watching him since I was little. I would love to play like Champ does.

Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest football accomplishments?

D.J. Hayden: Probably going back to my JC days we won a National Championship. That meant a lot to me. That was in 2010. At Houston being named first team all conference my SR season and 2nd team all conference my JR season.

Scott Porter: Why should an NFL team draft D.J. Hayden?

D.J. Hayden: Because I have a lot to offer a team. I am very productive and dependable. I get the job done weather it is making a block on special teams or going out there and making a play on defense. I make big play and I work hard.

Scott Porter: What did getting invited to the NFL combine mean to you?

D.J. Hayden: It meant a lot to me. I have been watching the combine since I was a kid. I always wanted to be out there running those drills and running that 40 in front of scouts. I dream of doing this one day. I had an injury and I was still invited so it meant a lot. It just shows that I wasn’t just out here not putting in the work to get to where I am today. I am very blessed and thankful for this opportunity.

Scott Porter: What will you miss most about college football?

D.J. Hayden: Probably the game day rituals we did at Houston. I will miss the atmosphere that goes with playing for a University for the fans. I will miss my teammates and the pre-game meal of course.

Scott Porter: Who has been your biggest influence throughout you collegiate time?

D.J. Hayden: My mom because she has always been there. She goes to my games and she always supports me and tells me to do what I have to do to reach my dreams. She taught me not to settle for anything less. She helps me strive to be great.

Scott Porter: How did playing at a JC help you before you came to Houston?

D.J. Hayden: It was very beneficial to me. Coming from a prep to a JC and then on to Houston. I was not always the most mature man when I was younger. Going the JC route helped me grow as a man. It made me look at the game from a different perspective. I had to grind and work hard. Nothing was handed to me. I had to work hard to move up from where I was. It was a good situation for me because there wasn’t much to do where I played so it kept me very focused and working hard for my goals. As I matured I was ready to move on and play at a D1 level. Playing JC helped me be the player I am today.