In 2015, Hayden is hoping to play like the No. 12 overall pick.
"My mind-set this year I am just going full-force," Hayden said, via SFGate.com. "Whether I make a mistake or not, I am going to do it full speed. Last year, I was hesitant about making mistakes.
"This year, I don't give a damn."
Could Hayden be on a similar path?
Over two seasons, he has played in just 18 games, but Hayden isn't letting that become an excuse. At the moment, he's part of a young core of Raiders defensive backs that are all between 25 and 26, looking to lock down the No. 2 job.
"I say screw all that," Hayden said when asked about the team being too young at the corner spots. "We're young, so what? We're about to ball. We're going to take advantage of our plays and make plays."
Oakland hopes so. Seeing a return on their investment in Hayden would be huge for Jack Del Rio's new defense.