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Derek Pagel

SELECTED BY DETROIT , ROUND 5, PICK 8, OVERALL PICK 140
DB | (6-1, 208, 4.54) | Iowa
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Played basketball, baseball and ran track in high school. Not heavily recruited out of high school. Walked on and redshirted in 1998. Played all 11 games, mainly on special teams in '99, recording three tackles. Played in 10-of-12 games in 2000, recording 11 tackles, one sack and three pass break-ups. Played in all 12 games, starting six in '01, making 44 tackles, including three for loss, one recovered fumble, one interception and four pass break-ups. Special-teams captain. In '02, had 90 tackles, one for loss, four interceptions, six passes broken up, one forced fumble and one blocked kick.

Positives: Strong upper body, benching 225 25 times at the Combine. Good special-teams player. Good intangibles. Film junkie. Good football intelligence. Instinctive. Hard worker with great attitude. Leader. Anticipates well. Aggressive in run support. Plays the ball well.

Negatives: Not very naturally gifted. Somewhat stiff. Misplays the ball in coverage. Lacks explosiveness. Not very fluid turning his hips.

Summary: Overachiever who could excel on special teams and provide adequate depth, but will be a guy you are always looking to upgrade.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.