Strengths: A shorter but well-built WLB/SS type. He has very good speed and athletic ability. Is quick and shows very good COD skills. Is a workout warrior with exceptional weight-room strength, agility and leaping ability. His instincts and awareness continue to improve. He had his best season as a senior and just now seems to be coming into his own. He's a ball hawk in run support. Can be extremely effective when in space. Take good pursuit angles and has very good closing burst. Has explosive power as a tackler and is reliable in the open field. Has a lot of potential on special teams in the NFL and was very good in that facet at UC.
Weaknesses: Is undersized and lacks ideal lower body strength. Needs to be covered in order to be productive. Gets engulfed too easily by bigger blockers. Struggles to get off of blocks and will never be good in that area. Has adequate cover skills but needs to prove he is fluid and instinctive enough to hold up at the next level in order to earn playing time as a nickel LB-type. Has durability issues.
Overall: Hagler enrolled at Cincinnati in 2000 but did not play football that season. He played sparingly as a reserve OLB in 2001 before he suffered a season-ending left ACL injury. Hagler started 13-of-14 games at SLB in 2002, missing the Temple game because of injury. As a junior in 2003, Hagler started all 12 games and recorded 84 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. Hagler started all 12 games as a senior in 2004 and led his team with 82 total tackles, including eight TFL and one sack. Hagler is an undersized WLB prospect with very good quickness and speed for the position. Hagler had his best season as a senior and he had an impressive showing at the combine, where he rated at the top or near the top of the OLB class on the bench press (35 reps), 40-yard dash (4.62), vertical jump (35.5"), broad jump (10'04"), short shuttle (4.07) and long shuttle (11.58). Hagler projects as a sub-package linebacker that can also contribute on special teams in the NFL. He has some upside as a late round prospect but his durability issues and lack of size and lower body strength should prevent him from getting drafted higher than the sixth round.
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