Is at his best in man coverage when asked to play up near the line and get his strong hands on receivers. Does a nice job using his length to re-route off the line and stick to receivers initially through the play. However, the more space he's asked to play in the less effective he is. Doesn't possess much fluidity in his hips, gets upright on his drop and is really choppy with his footwork. Struggles to really sit into his stance, open up and run. Looks stiff in his transition and doesn't have the initial burst or straight-line speed to turn and run with receivers down the field.
Is easy to get behind and doesn't have the type of straight-line speed to make up for a false step. However, he is very savvy, does a nice job working hard from the trail technique, snaps his head around quickly and possesses good ball skills and coordination in coverage. But, I see him having a tough time keeping pace with receivers in coverage at the next level and looks more like a reserve safety only who will need some time to adjust to playing in space and not using his hands/strength to make up for his athletic limitations.
Impression: Is a tough, savvy kid who can play the football, but is stiff in the hips and lacks great range in space. More of a fringe roster guy who needs to make his mark on special teams."
In 2007, Hagg started 10 of 13 games, including the Gator Bowl win over Clemson, a victory sealed by a late pass breakup and a sack in a fourth-quarter, goal-to-go situation. His heady play led to Honorable mention All-Big 12 honors and a spot on the second-team Academic All-Big 12 squad. He again played in every game as a junior, this time starting 10 of 14 and finishing with 40 tackles, including his second and third career sacks.
In his final year in Lincoln, Hagg set career marks with 49 stops and five interceptions, adding a school-record 95-yard punt return for a score, Nebraska's only touchdown in a 20-13 loss to Texas. His role as a hybrid safety/linebacker was instrumental for a Huskers defense that finished fifth against the pass and 11th in total yards allowed, and he was named a third-team AP All-American. Although he's not suited for consistent man coverage, he possesses excellent range and the size necessary to track down and win jump balls as a centerfielder at the next level.
Positives: Very experienced and has a strong frame with adequate bulk and overall size. Breaks on the ball quickly and gets in a position to get a hand on the ball. Is a fluid athlete and possesses the necessary closing burst to recover and track down the ball. Has the range to cover half the field as a deep safety and moves laterally with ease. Is a physical player who relishes opportunities to mix it up against the run. Stays with tight ends and slot receivers and plays with ideal pad level which allows him to change directions without losing acceleration. Takes smart angles to the ball carrier and moves effectively through traffic to make the stop. Is a sure, wrap-up tackler who comes off the edge under control and closes quickly when blitzing. Intelligent prospect shows a knack for making plays in crucial situations. Active and involved in the community.
Negatives: Is late getting into position against the run and does not always diagnose plays in time. Will get caught peeking into the backfield and has a tendency to bite on play action. Allows blockers into his body and does not use his hands effectively when attempting to disengage. Does not get his head around in a hurry and often fails to break up the pass even when he is in position to do so. Fails to explode through the ballcarrier and can be run over. Will play back on his heels when filling a hole and can be beaten in space by quicker, more agile runners. Possesses below average top-end speed for the position and can be run away from. Is a bit of a 'tweener who lacks the necessary quickness to consistently match up in man coverage as well as the necessary bulk and strength to play linebacker."
Positive: Smart, instinctive safety with poor speed. Stays with assignments, disciplined, and does a terrific job diagnosing the action. Fluid turning his hips to run with opponents, constantly positions himself to make a play on the ball, and has good hands. Physical throughout the action, has an aggressive nature, and works hard to defend passes. Displays skill in man coverage situations, reading receivers' eyes and getting his head back around to locate the pass in the air. Has good overall awareness. Tough and aggressive defending the run.
Negative: Lacks great closing and recovery speed. Cannot drive out of his plant to the ball.
Analysis: Hagg is a cognizant defender who consistently positions himself to make plays on the ball. He was very productive on the college level and would do well in a zone system at the next level, although his poor speed and limited quickness will be issues."
Negatives: Did not really impress at the Senior Bowl, looked slow and a bit out of place... Not much of a playmaker, did record five interceptions in 2010, but did not have much of a statistical impact before that season... Needs to do a better job of locating the football, ball skills are just adequate at best... Not very quick, change-of-direction skills and agility are lacking... Doesn't seem like a center-field safety, will not have the range in the NFL to cover the whole deep portion of the field... Lateral quickness seems to be a little below-average."
Weaknesses: Doesn't have great stopwatch speed, and is not athletic enough to match up with NFL WRs one-on-one, particularly in the slot. Used more as a "rover" in college so will have to learn to play a more structured role as a true safety.
Projection: Late-bloomer could possibly go as high as the third round, but more likely the fourth or fifth. Smart, tough player who will excel on special teams and should become a starter in time."
Just like his sophomore season, Hagg started ten games as a junior. He also reached career highs with 40 tackles, 7.0 tackles-for-loss, 2.0 sacks and three quarterback hurries. Hagg had already proven to be a solid tackler and a good blitzer from the secondary, but it was during his senior season when he really emerged as a good coverage safety as well. Through the regular season, Hagg has picked off five passes and broken up four more.
Hagg's stock is rising now that he has proven to be a well balanced safety. He could even play outside linebacker in some defensive schemes due to his ability to get into the backfield. Yet, that may not be a good thing since Hagg does not really fit in a traditional strong safety role. That will likely drop him down to the sixth or seventh round."
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