Photo of Craig Mager
Drafted By: Chargers
  • Round 3
  • Pick 19
  • Overall 83

Combine Results

Grade
5.47 ?
  • 4.44 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 38.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 130.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.83 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.07 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.35 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"This is a player you started to hear more of late in the draft process. But, he's as raw as raw can be. He's very physical and very aggressive, and he can run. Those are qualities you can work with." -- Daniel Jeremiah

  • 5'11" Height
  • 29 3/4" Arm Length
  • 201LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Participated in East-West Shrine Game. In 2014, named Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference with three interceptions and 10 passes broken up. Started 46 of 48 career games. In 2012, was Honorable Mention All-WAC. In high school, lost his mother to a hospital-administered overdose of medicine for headache. Took on a parental role to siblings at a young age. Named 2009 District 27-3A MVP and Honorable Mention All-State selection. Played basketball and competed in track as well.

Analysis

Strengths

Started all four years. Plays with excellent fire and motor throughout the game. Loves to hit. Quick-twitch athlete with plus play strength and sudden change of direction. Desired closing burst and drives through receivers, attempting to jar ball free. Feet rarely stall and has NFL ability to click and close on throws. Adequate mirror and match in man coverage. Explosive leaper who climbs ladder and has timing to attack the ball at high-point. Able to return punts. Was one of the standouts among cornerbacks at East-West Shrine Game practices.

Weaknesses

Instincts are average. Wants to see it first rather than anticipating. Allows too much separation in space. Can do a better job of constricting passing windows and taking a few more chances from thirds coverage. Excitable in man coverage and will become overly aggressive. Questionable long speed. Tries to stay on top of route rather than trusting feet and remaining patient. Gets caught committing too quickly to first move.

Draft Projection

Round 4 or 5

Sources Tell Us

"I wanted to make him a safety because of how physical he is, but after seeing him in person, he may not be big enough. He's not as fast as you want, but he's a player and he's really, really tough." -- NFC director of player personnel

NFL Comparison

Bene' Benwikere

Bottom Line

Productive, consistent four-year starter who plays with the aggressiveness and competitiveness that defensive coordinators will love. Mager has the twitch to close quickly on throws underneath and leaping ability to challenge jump balls. Teams question his ability to carry deep speed, which could impact his draft standing, but his talent and makeup give him a shot at becoming an NFL starter.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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