Jeoffrey Pagan, DE

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Asheville, NC
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 310 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
---- ----
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.92--- ----

Player Overview

Like virtually every other member of the Alabama Crimson Tide, Pagan signed with Nick Saban as one of the most highly regarded prep prospects in the country, receiving offers from Florida, Florida State, LSU, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, South Carolina and Southern Cal, among others.

Pagan served as a key part of the rotation but did not start during his first two seasons with the team, recording a total of 26 tackles, four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in 19 games over that time. He emerged as a starter this past season, earning the nod in 12 of 13 games for the Tide and recording a career-high 34 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. Despite a disappointing loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl and the likelihood of improving his stock with another year of development, Pagan elected to leave early for the NFL.

Pagan received a third round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee and likely was counseled by Nick Saban and his coaches to return for his senior season at Tuscaloosa. Saban generally advises players to return unless they are given a first round grade from scouts. Pagan cited a severe knee injury during his senior season of high school football, however, as the main reason for his early declaration.

The same traits that earned Pagan his lofty prep grades will excite NFL scouts. Pagan projects best as a defensive end in a traditional 3-4 alignment or at defensive tackle in a four-man front due to his size and strength. He offers little in terms of pass rush ability.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Built like a Coke machine - wide and heavy - and is just as difficult to move. Anchors well at the point of attack due to size and strength. Pops the offensive lineman with a strong initial punch and shows good patience to wait for the running back to come to him, before forcefully ripping free. Active hands and shows surprising burst to close when he gets a free lane. Good recognition of where the ball is going and pursues with passion. Slid inside to defensive tackle on pass-rushing downs and projects well to this role in the NFL due to his size and athleticism. Just scratching the surface of his potential.

WEAKNESSES: Offers very little in terms of a pass rush, at least as an edge defender. Slow off the snap and does not possess the acceleration or flexibility to turn the corner as an edge rusher. While he has active hands, they aren't yet as powerful as the rest of his game, appearing more as annoying slaps rather than powerful clubs to break free from blockers. Surprised many with his decision to leave Alabama early. Showed similar impulsive decision-making earlier in his football career, committing to Florida, then Clemson and finally landing with Alabama. Tore two ligaments in right knee while playing running back for high school team in 2010.

COMPARES TO: Marcus Spears, Baltimore Ravens - There is no questioning Pagan's ability to hold up as a run-stuffing presence or his potential to improve; two key reasons why the Dallas Cowboys invested a first round pick in Spears back in 2005. There is some boom or bust potential with Pagan, however, that NFL teams will want to explore during the interview process at the Combine.

--Rob Rang

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre


    CBSSports Shop

    Men's Nike Heathered Royal Denver Broncos Historic Logo Tri-Blend T-Shirt

    NFL Nike Gear
    Get your favorite team today!
    Shop Now