Hagan not lacking for confidence

University of Washington coach Tyrone Willingham has said of Dolphins third-round pick Derek Hagan that he plays with a lot of confidence. When Hagan addressed the South Florida media Saturday night, it became obvious Hagan never runs out of confidence.

When he was asked which NFL player he would compared himself, Hagan came up with the following gem.

"Jerry Rice, Rod Smith and maybe Chad Johnson," Hagan said. "I just consider myself a hard worker and just a complete receiver that can make plays. I just line up and catch the ball and make big plays."

So there.

At least, Hagan was able to back up his big words at Arizona State. He left the school as the career receptions leaders in the Pac-10, a pretty impressive feat indeed.

Hagan said he was expecting to be a mid-to-late-first-round pick, making draft day a difficult experience for him.

But he plans of putting all that behind when he steps on the field in a Dolphins uniform.

"I'm just definitely looking forward to playing some football again," he said. "It's been a while since I played in a game and I'm just anxious to get out there and show these coaches what I've got."

When he was told his newest wide receiver had compared himself to Jerry Rice and Rod Smith, Coach Nick Saban was almost left speechless but had a smile on his face.

The implication was clear that Saban is going to let the young man he might want to measure his words more carefully in the future.

But at least Hagan says he normally lets "my playing do my talking." His talking said a lot at Arizona State. The Dolphins are hoping it will be just as loud in the NFL.


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