Derek Hagan   WR   Arizona St

Strengths

Derek is a big strong receiver that uses all the tricks of the trade to get himself open.  He loves to catch the ball for the big play.  Derek has good hands and does a good job getting yardage after the catch.  He's very smart and understands situational football.  He has good speed and really knows how to set up a corner for the big play.  Derek has been extremely consistent and dependable throughout his college career.  I would guess that at the next level, his ability to be consistent would be his real strength.

 

Needs to Improve

On film, I've noticed that Derek seems to be highly competitive.  He strikes me as a “Throw me the ball” receiver.  His competitive nature, if not controlled, could cause some problems if a head coach that can handle that type of player doesn't draft him.  Derek is not very quick and needs to learn how to sell his routes better.  I have no doubt that he will work on this and improve.  He'll do whatever he needs to do.

 

Talent Board Round   3

Derek reminds of Eric Moulds, Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Irvin -- take your pick.  He is a possession WR that should be drafted by a team with a strong arm QB.  He uses all the possession WR tricks of the trade right now, so at the next level, he is going to have to get stronger and work on his run after the catch moves to be really successful.  He wants to be a big star in the NFL and this is a very good thing.  He also has a need to be a big star in the NFL, which could be a problem.  There is no doubt in my mind that Derek will be successful at the next level.  His competitive nature at this point in his career could be attached to this draft and nothing more.  All of that will have to be discovered in evaluating this kid much further than I can.  My gut tells me that his lack of speed and the recent Terrell Owens situation might just drop this kid into the latter part of the 1st round.  That's what happened to Moulds when he came out.  I like this kid, but he has to be paired with a strong-armed QB or he'll struggle and then the negative side of his competitive nature might rear its ugly head.

by Drew Boylhart

THR

December 2005