The Horns had a very experienced front seven lining up on the defensive side of the ball this past season. That front seven was highlighted by a defensive line that encompassed only seniors that were starting. This front seven was also one of the most reliable and successful parts of this Texas team under defensive coordinator Todd Orlando.
One of those starting senior defensive linemen this past season was the entertaining senior captain defensive end Breckyn Hager. During a down senior campaign, Hager posted 2.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss, and one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. Hager isn’t heading into this off-season on a high-note, though.
What’s encouraging for Hager’s case was the apparent progress he showed last off-season with head coach Tom Herman. He made enough progress in the eyes of the coaching staff, on and off the field, to be named one of the five captains for the 2018 season. Hager has to earn some brownie points with NFL scouts and general managers for that.
Some national pundits were high on Hager to start the 2018 campaign, but that died off with a rather lacking amount of production on the field. Hager was the least productive defensive linemen for the Horns as he posted his worst season statistically since 2015. He had a down season when it mattered most and that won’t work in his favor. Some pundits like draftsite.com project Hager to go undrafted.
Verdict: Stock Down