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Derek Hagan
No. 80     New York Giants
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: September 21, 1984 (1984-09-21) (age 25)
Place of birth: Northridge, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: Arizona State
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 82
Debuted in 2006 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2009
Receptions     55
Receiving yards     664
Receiving TDs     3
Stats at

Derek Steven Hagan, Jr. (born September 21, 1984, in Northridge, California) is an American football wide receiver for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Arizona State.


Early years

Hagan attended Palmdale High School in Palmdale, California, where he earned all-conference honors his junior and senior seasons. He caught 65 passes for 843 yards on offense and had 23 tackles and four interceptions on defense as a junior. He caught 78 passes for a school record 1020 yards and five touchdowns as a senior, while adding nine interceptions on defense. He was the team MVP as both a junior and a senior. Hagan also triple jumped 46 feet and averaged 12 points and five rebounds in basketball. He was a team captain in two sports his senior year: football and track.

College career

Hagan was recruited to Arizona State by head coach Dirk Koetter whom he played under for four years. He is second in Pac-10 history for career receptions with 258, and in career receiving yards with 3,939. He concluded his career as Arizona State's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, 100-yard games (18) and career receiving yards per game (78.8). Hagan also caught a pass in 41 consecutive games to end his career, and had at least one reception in 48 of 50 career games.

He surpassed 1,000 yards receiving in each of his final three years as a Sun Devil, leading the team each time. As as senior in 2005, he was voted co-captain of the team and caught 77 passes for 1,210 yards and eight touchdowns. Hagan earned All-American honors three times and All-Pac-10 honors twice.


College awards and honors

  • The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman (2002)
  • Honorable mention All-Pac 10 (2003)
  • Biletnikoff Award semi-finalist (2004)
  • Second-team All-Pac 10 (2004)
  • second-team All-American (2004)
  • All-Pac 10 (2004)
  • Arizona State Offensive MVP (2005)
  • Biletnikoff Award semi-finalist (2005)
  • First-team All-Pac-10 (2005)
  • Third team All-American (2005)
  • honorable mention All-American (2005)


Year G/GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Long Avg./G
2002 14/3 32 405 12.7 0 51 28.9
2003 12/10 66 1076 16.3 9 80 89.7
2004 12/11 83 1248 15.0 10 79 104.0
2005 12/12 77 1210 15.7 8 59 100.8
Career 50/36 258 3939 15.3 27 80 78.8

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Professional career

Miami Dolphins

Despite his great career at Arizona State, Hagan had a poor showing during the Senior Bowl practices by dropping passes, which many predicted would damage his stock in the upcoming draft. He ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. He was drafted in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. His draft preparation with IMG was chronicled in the film Two Days in April.

Hagan spent the majority of the his rookie season in 2006 as the Dolphins' fourth receiver behind starters Chris Chambers and Marty Booker and slot receiver Wes Welker. His problems with dropped passes continued throughout much of the season, and he failed to distinguish himself as a legitimate receiving threat. These drops, combined with the struggles of the Dolphins offense as a whole, resulted in a largely uneventful rookie campaign for Hagan. He finished the season with 21 catches for 221 yards and one touchdown in 14 games. The lone score came in an October 22 loss to the Green Bay Packers on a pass from Joey Harrington.

Hagan looked to get back on track in 2007 under new head coach Cam Cameron. He was given the chance to compete for playing time with the trade of Wes Welker to the New England Patriots. Hagan finished the year with 373 yards and two touchdowns in the 2007 season.

Nine weeks into the 2008 regular season, Hagan was released by the Dolphins on November 4. He had three receptions for 51 yards on the season.

New York Giants

Hagan was signed by the New York Giants on December 16, 2008 after running back Reuben Droughns was placed on injured reserve.


Derek earned a Bachelor of Science degree in justice studies while at Arizona State. He was a high school teammate (and former team mate) of Miami Dolphins safety Tyrone Culver.

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