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Alex Magee

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 298 | College: Purdue
 
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Overview

The consummate team player, Magee volunteered to move to defensive end from his familiar defensive tackle position when injuries depleted the depth at that position in 2008. Learning a new position was sort of a baptism under fire for the former right tackle who also had to switch sides, moving over to left end.

While his numbers did not stand out like in previous seasons, he also provided valuable leadership for a young, but inexperienced defensive unit in head coach Joe Tiller's final season. It was Magee's task to serve as the unit's policeman, making sure that everyone was positioned right and knew their assignments. Policing the defense was appropriate for the senior, who hopes to one day work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Drug Enforcement Agency.

At Oswego High School, Magee was rated the 32nd-best defensive tackle in the nation and the 14th-best player in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com. He earned All-Midwest honors from Prep Football Report and was listed among ChicagoSports.com's Top 100 players.

The Class 7A first-team All-State selection recorded 60 tackles, including 11 for loss and eight sacks as a senior, earning Conference Player of the Year honors. An All-State pick his junior season, he also played fullback in short-yardage situations.

Magee saw action in 11 games at Purdue during his freshman year. He posted 18 tackles (10 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage in 2005, earning starting assignment at right defensive tackle vs. Wisconsin and Penn State. He competed in 14 games in 2006, starting half of those contests. He had 2.5 sacks to go with 33 tackles (20 solos), as he recorded his only collegiate interception and blocked a kick.

Magee lined up as the starting right defensive tackle in all 13 games as a junior. He posted a career-high 38 tackles (24 solos) that included 4.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He recovered two fumbles, caused another and blocked two kicks.

Shifting to left defensive end in 2008, Magee's statistics were down a bit, but he gained valuable experience as a pass rusher coming off the edge. He produced a career-high 3.5 sacks while making six stops behind the line of scrimmage. He collected 28 tackles (14 solos) while recovering and causing a fumble.

Analysis

Positives: Stout build with room for at least an additional 5-10 pounds of mass. Versatile defender with experience at defensive tackle and defensive end. Can create problems up front with good initial quickness off the snap. Quick, active hands to slap away the blockers' attempts to latch on to him. Good strength to disengage. Good overall strength for holding up at the point of attack. Can push the pocket as a bull-rusher. Effective short-area tackler who flashes some burst some close. Helped himself with a standout week of practice for the Senior Bowl, demonstrating better redirection and hand technique in pass-rush drills than scouts anticipated.

Negatives: Inconsistent. Flashes, but rarely puts together a string of standout plays. Viewed as a bit of a "tweener" by some. Flashes initial quickness off the snap but lacks the speed and flexibility to get around the edge teams prefer for weak-side defensive ends. Can come off the snap too high and lose leverage in the running game. Isn't stout enough to handle the double-team inside. Doesn't make enough plays behind the line of scrimmage due to inconsistent lateral quickness. Needs an open lane to make plays. May struggle to locate the ball.

Compares To: CLIFTON RYAN, St. Louis -- Magee is a jack-of-all-trades who can play tackle or end. He shows nimble feet and good pursuit quickness to make plays along the line or when shooting the gaps. He lacks great bulk, but compensates with his strength to stack and control. He plays with good effort and desire moving laterally and while he won't ever be a quality pass rusher, the experience at defensive end can only help when he returns to his more natural position inside at the next level. A team looking for a quick under tackle like Ryan or Arizona's Darnell Dockett could find a similar player in Magee.

Scouting Report

GENERAL REPORT: GRADE: 6.2

Body Structure: Magee has adequate bulk, but displays very good quickness and solid strength for the three-technique position. He has good chest and arm muscles and thick quadriceps and calves to anchor securely. He has room to add more bulk, if he is to remain at tackle, but if he is to remain at defensive end, he is better served maintaining his weight to insure that he will continue to perform with the foot speed he displays.

Athletic Ability: Magee lacks the ideal frame you look for in a physically imposing defensive tackle, but has impressive strength for a player his size. He lacks suddenness of the snap when he gets too high in his stance, but when he sinks his pads, he causes problems for bigger blockers, as he can burst off the snap and get under his man's jersey to jerk and control. He demonstrates natural feet and good body control working down the line. He has adequate change of direction agility, but shows inconsistency accelerating to the ball when having to chase down along the corners. He flashes the ability to stack and control at the point of attack, and has the balance needed to stay on his feet working through trash. GRADE: 6.4

Football Sense: Magee does well with normal reps to retain plays and shows good field vision, but is a bit hesitant at times when needed to redirect and while he has decent hip snap, he takes false steps when changing direction. He bounced back and forth between left defensive end and right tackle, but is more comfortable making reads from the inside gaps than when aligned over the outside shoulder of an offensive tackle. GRADE: 5.7

Character: Magee is a quiet sort who shows good maturity. The coaches say he is pleasant, respectful and a good mentor for the team's younger players. He made a personal sacrifice moving to defensive end as a senior, especially since it did not help him fine tune some of the technique work he needed to work on against double teams as a defensive tackle. GRADE: 6.1

Competitiveness: Magee plays with a steady motor. He is aggressive pushing the pocket and made steady improvement with his upper body strength as a senior. He gives total effort on the field and while his production was down as an end in 2008, he looked forward to the opportunity and challenge of playing there. He is a fine player who shows toughness and aggression on the field. GRADE: 6.4

Work Habits: Magee is an avid worker in the weight room, evident by his impressive bench press showing at the NFL Combine. He plays with good desire and effort, taking that work ethic into practices and by spending extra hours in the film room. He has a lot of Kelly Gregg (Baltimore Ravens) in him - tough, intense and refuses to give an inch to any offensive lineman. He is a solid worker and a self-motivator who does not need to be told the same thing twice. GRADE: 6.6

ATHLETIC REPORT: GRADE: 6.23

Explosion/Pursuit: Magee shows good initial quickness coming off the snap, but you would not call it sudden. He is more than just a two-gap defender, as he can slip through the gap and displays the playing speed to chase down ball carriers near the sidelines. He has the quick feet, agility and balance to make plays in space and has the strength to jolt offensive guards with his quick hand action and punch. GRADE: 6.9

Strength at Point: Magee worked hard to improve his upper body strength since the end of the 2007 season, increasing his bench press by close to 30 pounds. He is capable of playing with good leverage and is making progress showing consistency when needed to stack vs. double teams. When he stays low in his pads, he plays with leverage and does a good job with his hands to split double teams to make plays on the move. He shows good knee bend and a solid anchor to hold ground at the point of attack. When he gets placement on a blocker, he can generate enough power behind his punch to jolt. He also can create enough surge off the ball to rock the guards backwards when trying to penetrate and close the pocket. GRADE: 6.4

Use of Hands: Before 2007, Magee did not show much gap-shooting ability. As he became more comfortable playing in the two-gap, he began to use his hands more consistently and his extension prevented the offensive linemen from locking on to him. He will keep his hands active, showing a good punch and explosion to control. He has developed into an effective pocket pusher, but still needs to do a better job with his hands in protecting his feet from low blocks. If he gets under a blocker's pads, he has the ability to stand his opponent up. He has also shown good timing to get his hands up as a kick blocker and to deflect passes at the line of scrimmage. GRADE: 6.0

Lateral Pursuit/Effort: Magee shows good lateral pursuit effort and desire. He shows good urgency running to the ball. He has the foot quickness and enough playing speed to read and react quickly on screen passes. When he moves out to the flat, he shows the ability to take angles and make tackles behind the line of scrimmage. GRADE: 6.7

Tackling Ability: Magee might not pile up great statistics, but he is an efficient tackler who can stop ball carriers at the line of scrimmage once he wraps and secures. He is better taking on lead blockers and clogging the rush lanes than making hits in the open field, but he does play with good angle concept and will not hesitate to face up. He is quick to get into position, lower his pads, extend his arms, wrap and secure the ball carrier. He shows a good flow to the ball inside the box and good collision on contact. He is just not especially effective hunting down scrambling quarterbacks once he comes in from the backside. GRADE: 6.0

Run Defense: Despite giving up some pounds to the bigger offensive linemen, Magee has the ability to hold and stack when he stays low in his pads and plays with leverage. He has good, functional strength, but must not get too high in his stance (when he does, he lacks consistent explosion). He can split tackles and shows strength taking on blocks, but he lacks the leg drive to get a consistent anchor vs. double teams when he stands up in his attack (much better when he sinks his weight). He makes plays staying flat and square down the line of scrimmage and shows good upper body strength at the point of attack. GRADE: 6.5

Pass Rush: The experience on the edge in 2008 can only help improve his pass rush technique. He is more of a bull rusher than one coming off the edge, as there is really not much technique he shows in this area. He plays with good effort and desire rushing the passer, but has only limited moves. He needs to improve his hand usage playing off low blocks on the move. When he's attacked low, he does not show the knee lift to avoid those blocks. For a player of his size, you would expect him to bull rush more. GRADE: 5.6

Closing on the QB: Magee shows good desire and can get into the backfield adequately once he gains separation, but pressuring the pocket is not really his forte. He has that extra surge to shoot the gaps, but mostly just in the five-yard range. You would like to see him use more power than quickness in attempts to penetrate (when he tries to finesse, he struggles to shed, as he leaves his chest exposed for the blocker to lock on). GRADE: 5.7

Instincts/Recognition: Magee plays with good instincts and recognition skills. He can feel, read and react to pocket movement and shows good alertness sifting through trash for the ball. He can get fooled some on play-action and fakes, but is good at spotting blocking schemes. He also shows good balance getting back into the action when he over-pursues. GRADE: 6.3

Compares To: CLIFTON RYAN, St. Louis -- Magee is a jack-of-all-trades who can play tackle or end. He shows nimble feet and good pursuit quickness to make plays along the line or when shooting the gaps. He lacks great bulk, but compensates with his strength to stack and control. He plays with good effort and desire moving laterally and while he won't ever be a quality pass rusher, the experience at defensive end can only help when he returns to his more natural position inside at the next level. A team looking for a quick under tackle like Ryan or Arizona's Darnell Dockett could find a similar player in Magee.

OVERALL GRADE: 6.23

--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas

Career Notes

Magee started 33 of 50 games at Purdue, including 22 at right defensive tackle and 11 at left defensive end … Recorded 117 tackles (68 solos) with six sacks for minus 36 yards and 14 stops for losses of 58 yards … Caused three fumbles and recovered four others … Intercepted one pass, deflected two others and blocked three kicks.

2008 Season

Super Sleeper selection by The NFL Draft Report … Started all but the Ohio State game at left defensive end … Registered 28 tackles (14 solos), his lowest total in three years as a starter, but he made a career-high 3.5 sacks for minus 18 yards … Credited with six stops for losses of 29 yards … Also caused and recovered a fumble.

2008 Game Analysis

Northern Colorado … Adjusting to a new position, Magee had some problems hearing the snap count, as he was called for jumping offside twice … Posted two solo tackles, including one that stopped QB Bryan Waggener for a 3-yard sack late in the third quarter … Head to Head Competition: OT#62-Ryan Kemp (6:04-298).

Oregon … Magee killed a possible touchdown, as he slipped under two blockers on a bootleg to collide with QB Justin Roper, causing a fumble at the Purdue 19 with 4:55 left in the first half. Oregon recovered the fumble, but on the next play, Magee's pressure saw Roper throw a pass that was intercepted by the Boilermakers' Anthony Heygood for a 2-yard return … The left end also made two solo tackles … Head to Head Competition: OT#78-Jacob Hucko (6:07-317).

Central Michigan … Magee was in on another two tackles, but one stopped QB Dan LeFevour for a 2-yard loss on a third-&-3 bootleg midway through the second quarter … He later sacked LeFevour for a 3-yard loss … Head to Head Competition: OT#77-Greg Wojt (6:04-289).

Minnesota … The senior lineman came up with five tackles (3 solos) and 2.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including a 9-yard sack of QB Adam Weber, as he pressured Weber on the next snap, a third-&-17 play from the Purdue 48, forcing the Gopher into the hands of the Boilermakers' Joe Holland, who sacked Weber for a 2-yard loss, bringing out the Minnesota punting unit … Later in the third quarter, Magee again sacked Weber for a 6-yard loss on third-&-3, forcing another Minnesota punt … Head to Head Competition: OT#73-Jason Meinke (6:05-277).

Michigan State … Magee followed with a season-high six tackles (2 solos) … With 0:48 left in the first half, he flushed Brian Hoyer out of the pocket and the QB threw an ill-advised pass that was intercepted by Purdue's Torri Williams for a 29-yard return … Head to Head Competition: OT#79-Jesse Miller (6:06-320).

2007 Season

Magee started all thirteen games at right defensive tackle … The junior was in on a career-high 38 tackles (24 solos) that included 4.5 stops for losses totaling 8 yards … He caused one fumble and recovered two others … Also blocked a pair of kicks and deflected two passes.

2007 Game Analysis

Made four tackles (3 solos) with a stop for a loss vs. Minnesota … Deflected a pass, blocked a field goal and posted a pair of stops vs. Notre Dame … Produced a season-high seven tackles (5 solos) in the Michigan contest … Added five solo tackles and a pass deflection vs. Iowa … Caused a fumble when he stripped the ball from tailback Tyrell Sutton on a rushing attempt for a 3-yard loss and delivered three hits vs. Northwestern … Posted six tackles vs. Penn State and registered three stops behind the line of scrimmage to go with five tackles (4 solos) vs. Indiana in the season finale.

2006 Season

Magee played in fourteen games, starting vs. Indiana State, Miami (Oh.), Ball State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Iowa and Hawaii … Recorded 33 tackles (20 solos) with 2.5 sacks for minus 18 yards … Caused and recovered a fumble … Had his only career interception and blocked one kick.

2006 Game Analysis

Blocked a 51-yard field goal attempt vs. Minnesota and had a season-high five tackles (2 solos) with a 5-yard sack at Notre Dame … Recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touch-down to go with three tackles, an interception and a forced fumble vs. Illinois, as his interception and forced fumble led to go-ahead and insurance touchdowns … Sacked QB Nate Davis for an 8-yard loss and delivered three tackles in the Ball State game.

2005 Season

Magee began the season listed third on the depth chart at right defensive tackle, but worked his way into the starting lineup for two late season games vs. Wisconsin and Penn State while playing in eleven games … Finished with 18 tackles (10 solos) and a stop for a 3-yard loss … In his first career start, he responded with four tackles (2 solos), including one behind the line of scrimmage vs. Wisconsin … Matched his season-high with four tackles vs. Illinois.

Injury Report

No major injuries reported.

COMBINE

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.82 in the 40-yard dash … 1.62 10-yard dash … 2.77 20-yard dash … 4.42 20-yard shuttle … 7.15 three-cone drill … 9'5" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 34 times.

Combine: 5.03 in the 40-yard dash … 1.72 10-yard dash … 2.87 20-yard dash … 4.55 20-yard shuttle … 7.52 three-cone drill … 29.5-inch vertical jump … 8'7" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 30 times.

High School

Attended Oswego (Ill.) High School, playing football for head coach Karl Hoinkes … Rated the 32nd-best defensive tackle in the nation and the 14th-best player in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com … Earned All-Midwest honors from Prep Football Report and was listed among ChicagoSports.com's Top 100 players … The Class 7A first-team All-State selection recorded 60 tackles, including 11 for loss and eight sacks as a senior, earning Conference Player of the Year honors … An All-State pick his junior season, he also played fullback in short-yardage situations.

Personal

Law and Society major … Aspires to work for FBI or Drug Enforcement Administration … Born Arcilla Alexander Magee on 4/28/87 … Resides in Oswego, Illinois.

 
 
Latest News
04/28/2009 - A closer look at the Chiefs' picks: Round 3/67 -- Alex Magee, DE, 6-3, 298, Purdue...Magee is another defensive lineman who has shown the ability to play both inside and outside, which he did with the Boilermakers. His natural position is the three-technique in a 4-3 front.

01/21/2009 - 2009 Senior Bowl, Tuesday practice: While Raji and Jerry were the most consistently dominant interior defensive linemen, a late addition to the North roster had scouts buzzing. Purdue's Alex Magee wasn't here for Monday's weigh-in or the initial North practice due to travel problems, but he quickly established himself as one to watch with a stellar practice Tuesday morning. Magee, 6-4, 292 pounds, had played defensive tackle throughout much of his career but moved outside to defensive end as a senior in an attempt to generate some pass rush for the Boilermakers. Blessed with quick feet and even quicker hands, Magee was consistently able to slap away pass blockers' initial punch and redirect inside. Like Jerry, Magee projects nicely as a three technique tackle. With the North's interior linemen struggling to handle Raji's strength, the inclusion of the cat-quick Magee made practice that much more challenging. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange, NFLDraftScout.com

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