Played in 31 games in four seasons with the Bears (2013-16), recording 27 tackles (19 solo). Entered the NFL in 2013 after being drafted in the sixth round (188th overall) by the Bears.
2016: Played in 15 games (two starts) and recorded 20 tackles (14) and a pass defense. Finished with a season-high 20 tackles and two sacks.
2015: Played in Week 1 against the Packers before being placed on Reserve/Injured for the remainder of the season.
2014: Spent time as a reserve on defense and contributor on special teams. Finished with six tackles, one sack and three tackles on special teams.
2013: Made his rookie debut at Detroit in Week 4 (9/29).
Spent his college career at the University of Georgia, establishing himself as a dependable, versatile presence on defense. Contributed both on the defensive line and at outside linebacker.
Attended Burke County High School (Waynesboro, Ga.).
Darius Slay's experience working out with DJ Hayden in previous offseasons gives him some additional insight into what Hayden can bring to the Lions.