Derek Hagan: Bills receiver, movie star
When the Buffalo Bills added wide receiver Derek Hagan late in 2011 due to some injuries at the position, little did they know they'd be getting a player that would impress enough to battle for a regular rotational job with the team in 2012.
What some Bills fans didn't know, is that they were also getting a full-fledged movie star on their hands. No, Derek Hagan isn't an action star or one that does romantic comedy. But his journey through the 2006 NFL Draft is well documented in the movie Two Days in April.
"When I really look at it, it's just like, 'Wow,' and how young I really was," said the now 27-year old Hagan. "Just being that young and going through the draft process, getting drafted and going to Miami, just to see where I'm at now in the league. A couple of guys are still playing the other guys aren't playing no more. As far as for myself it's just a blessing to be around those guys that was in the movie with me. It's something I'll cherish and a memory that I'll never forget."
Hagan was featured along with linebacker Clint Ingram, wide receiver Travis Wilson and running back DonTrell Moore as the film followed along the pre-draft process. Hagan was the third of the players to be taken off the board when the Dolphins used the 82nd selection on him. He is the only player still signed by an NFL team.
The last time Hagan watched the film? One month ago, as he randomly stumbled across it on Netflix. He had designs on watching a different movie, but said he couldn't pass it up.
Hagan has been getting first team reps in the early going of both off-season workouts and at training camp. He's battling for what could be just a pair of open roster spots at wide receiver.