Unlike Mack, the Raiders' first round pick in 2013 has been largely a disappointment so far, largely because of injuries. Hayden suffered a freak injury in college but recovered well enough to be picked 12th overall by Oakland. As a rookie, he was up and down for eight games before going on injured reserve with a groin injury. Then, a stress fracture kept him on the PUP list this year until Week 8, when he played five snaps.
But with the Raiders' injuries at cornerback, Hayden was pressed into service against the Seahawks in Week 9, playing 69 snaps and finding himself in the thick of the action. He was thrown at seven times, allowing two catches, taking two penalties and coming close to two interceptions.
Hayden will be called on again this weekend, with Carlos Rogers likely out and T.J. Carrie hurting. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders each have five 100-yard receiving games this season, which has only been matched by Antonio Brown and DeSean Jackson. The youngster will have to overcome his inexperience to handle the most explosive duo in the league.