Derek Hagan, WR, Arizona State Sun Devils

by Adam Barricklow on April 6, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 


Teams looking for wide receivers in the NFL draft have been spoiled over the last couple of years. In 2005, some of the top players in the wide receiver class were Braylon Edwards, Troy Williamson and Mike Williams. In 2004, the wide receiver class was led by Larry Fitzgerald, Roy Williams and Reggie Williams. In the previous two seasons, three of the top 10 picks have been wide receivers. That streak will end in 2006 with the wide receiver position being considered by many to be the weakest position of the draft. This does not mean that the position is without talent. Both Ohio State wide receiver Santonio Holmes and Florida wide receiver Chad Jackson are considered to be at the top of the class as well as solid bets as first-round picks. However, it is Arizona State's Derek Hagan that holds perhaps the best college resume of all wide receivers in this year's draft.

BACKGROUND

Hagan finished his Arizona State career as the Pac-10 all-time leader in receptions (258), second in receiving yards (3,939) and seventh in receiving touchdowns. At Arizona State, Hagan ranks first in career receptions, yards receiving and receiving touchdowns. A senior captain at Arizona State, Hagan was a two-time Biletnikoff Award semi-finalist and earned All-American honors three times with All-Pac-10 honors twice. For his ASU career, Hagan averaged 78.8 yards receiving and totaled over 1,000 yards receiving in each of his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

Table: Derek Hagan - Career Statistics (2002-05)

Year
Receptions
Yards
Touchdowns
Yards/Game
2002
32
405
0
28.9
2003
66
1076
9
89.7
2004
83
1248
10
104
2005
77
1210
8
100.8

POSITIVES

Hagan is one of the better route runners in this year's draft, known for excellent footwork and change of direction speed. He excels in getting open against both zone and man-to-man coverage. Hagan's three straight years of over 1,000 yards receiving, his 100-plus yards receiving yards per game over his senior and junior years show his ability to be not only a productive but a consistent wide receiver. Since becoming a regular starter his sophomore year, Hagan has missed just three starts, proving to be a durable wide receiver.

NEGATIVES

Hagan has, at times, appeared reluctant to go over the middle resulting in some questioning his toughness as a receiver. While Hagan's 4.5 40 time is not the slowest among this year's class of wide receivers, it is not the top of the line speed desired by most general managers and coaches. Hagan has also been known to drop easy catches, leading some to question his hands. A sub-par Senior Bowl has also hurt Hagan's draft status, likely lowering him from a possible late first-round pick to a projected second-round selection.

DRAFT PLACEMENT

There are always team's looking for wide receivers and the weak class of 2006 wide receivers is a bonus for Hagan. Hagan, a likely second-round pick, would have a longer wait with a stronger class.

Since the close of the college football season Hagan has seen his draft value slide as some have started to question his willing to go over the middle to make the tough catch and have started to question his hands. Despite Hagan's strong college resume, most see Hagan as little more than a solid No. 2 wide receiver at the next level.

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About Adam Barricklow

Adam Barricklow is based out of Central Ohio and has been a KFFL Contributor since 2003. Adam has been playing Fantasy Football since 1996 and has been addicted since day one. Adam plays in various leagues, running one of them and uses his experience and knowledge to create reports that are able to help the fantasy player look at every perspective.

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