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Derek Hagan

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Derek Hagan WR 6í1 203 Arizona St.
By: Robert Davis

NFL Combine Stats: 40-yard dash - 4.45, vertical jump - 36"

Despite not being heavily recruited, Derek Hagan made an immediate impact as a freshman in 2002. He hauled in 32 passes for 405 yards on the year. That set him up for a breakout sophomore year where he finished with 66 catches for 1,076 yards and 9 touchdowns. He bettered all of those numbers as a junior when he had 83 receptions for 1,248 yards, and 10 touchdowns. Prior to his senior season, he was named to the Playboy All-American team, and was voted a Co-Captain for Arizona St. He then went out and proved the hype worthy, as he hauled in 77 balls for 1,210 yards and eight touchdowns.

Hagan is a very good all around talent at wide receiver. He has good size, good speed, and isnít afraid to take a hit. If you need it done, Hagan will do it. He can take an underneath pass and make it into a big play, go over the middle and take a hit, or go downfield and haul in the vertical throws. His hands have also become consistent over the past year, and he doesnít drop the easy ones anymore. His work ethic is second to none, and is a great player to have in the locker room.

While he is good across the board, Hagan does not excel in any one area. He does not have great size, speed, or athleticism. Some might say that that may hinder him as a playmaker at the next level, so itís something that has to be taken into consideration.

Even though he may not be the most physically gifted player, Hagan is a football player. He comes to play, and he steps his game up when needed. He may never dominate a game like a Randy Moss can, but he is a guy you can go to battle with. Hagans' hands let him down during Senior Bowl week, and his stock has become a bit shaky. He'll need to re-establish himself in workouts to land in the Top 50.

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