Top draft picks missing as Raiders arrive at camp 

NAPA — There were two notable absences when the two buses filled with rookies, undrafted free agents and other young players arrived at Raiders training camp.

While most of the players have arrived for a one-month stay in wine country, Oakland's top two draft picks were not on the buses from the team facility on Wednesday.

First-round pick cornerback D.J. Hayden and second-round pick offensive lineman Menelik Watson are the only members of Oakland's 10-player draft class who have yet to sign their contracts. With practice not starting until Friday, there is still plenty of time to get those deals done without the players missing any work, although it remains to be seen whether Hayden will be able to practice right away even if he does sign a deal.

Hayden's offseason got cut short when he needed surgery in late May to remove scar tissue from the abdominal region. That operation came months after a near-fatal practice injury that ended his college career at Houston early.

Hayden was rushed into surgery last November for a tear of the inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart, after a collision in practice. Doctors had to cut through Hayden's sternum to save him. The injury is 95 percent fatal in the field, according to doctors, and is most commonly associated with high-speed motor vehicle accidents.

The Raiders still selected Hayden 12th overall with their first first-round pick since 2010 after doctors cleared him to resume playing football. The team said at the time of the offseason surgery that Hayden was expected to be back for camp but nothing will be official until after he signs his contract.

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