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Ra'Shede Hageman | Defensive Tackle

Team: Minnesota Golden Gophers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 302

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Falcons No. 37 overall pick DL Ra'Shede Hageman admitted that his "pad level sucks" and he "sometimes takes plays off."
Hageman (6-foot-6, 310) is a boom-or-bust prospect who must give more consistent effort and clean up shoddy technique. Fortunately, he's aware of the problem and is accountable enough to admit it. "I've known since Day One, playing D-tackle, my pad level sucks. My hip mobility, my ankle mobility ... sometimes I take plays off," he said. "But those aren't permanent things. I can change. I can learn and educate myself. If you master your craft, all that, you can take care of that. ... I know the potential I have, and I see that. And that's why it's so fun to learn the game because it's something you love to do. Scouts? That's their job." Sat, May 10, 2014 12:18:00 AM

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Falcons selected Minnesota DL Ra'Shede Hageman with the No. 37 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Hageman (6-foot-6, 310) was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior, finishing his career with 24 tackles for loss including 13 in 2013, with two sacks, nine batted passes, and two blocked kicks. A converted tight end and freaky athlete for his size, Hageman ran 5.02 with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-6 broad jump at the Combine, to go with 32 bench reps. Hageman flashed dominant ability for the Gophers, but his college tape is maddeningly inconsistent. He'll be a 24-year-old rookie and profiles as a boom-or-bust prospect due to snap-to-snap effort concerns. The Falcons run multiple fronts, so Hageman could play some one technique or even kick out as a five technique.
Fri, May 9, 2014 07:36:00 PM

One NFL GM told The MMQB's Peter King that Broncos HC John Fox "loves" Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman.

The Broncos received solid play from Terrance Knighton, but tended to rotate Malik Jackson in during sub-package situations. Jackson responded with stellar play. The Broncos draft Sly Williams in the first-round last year, so a heavy rotation will be used if Hageman is the pick. We doubt he will still be on the board.
Source: The MMQB
Tue, May 6, 2014 09:52:00 AM

Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman jumped from the No. 4 DT to No. 2 in NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock's newest rankings.

Hageman now trails only Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald, the consensus top tackle in the class. He jumped ahead of Florida State's Timmy Jernigan and Notre Dame's Louis Nix in this newest installment. It's not hard to see why Mayock is drawn to the Golden Gophers' star. First off, he is more physically gifted -- though obviously less productive -- than Donald, and arguably the most talented DL in the class outside of Jadeveon Clowney. Hageman's other calling card is his versatility, as the 6-foot-6, 318-pounder could easily be a 3-4 defensive end or a 4-3 defensive tackle in the pros. His consistency and motor both need work, however.
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 06:53:00 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said on a teleconference Thursday that if the Chiefs don't take a WR at No. 23 overall, Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman would be a good fit.

In addition to Hageman (6-foot-6, 310 pounds), Jeremiah pointed to Notre Dame DE Stephon Tuitt (6-foot-6, 304 pounds) as a potential target for Kansas City. The analyst said both can rush the passer "but also can be a 5-technique and hold the point of attack." Hageman and Tuitt are interesting players to compare, as both are supremely athletic and disappointing on tape. Hageman played DT in a 4-3 for Minnesota, but could be a 3-4 end, while Tuitt was a 3-4 DE at Notre Dame but could play DT in a 4-3. ESPN's Todd McShay also sees a fit between the Chiefs and Hageman, though he doesn't believe Kansas City will tab a DL in the opening stanza.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 09:03:00 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman is a fit either as a 3-4 DE in a one-gap scheme, or a 3-technique 4-3 DT in an under scheme.

The analyst sees a fit with the Chiefs at No. 23, though he doesn't believe Kansas City will invest its first-rounder in a DL. "The Niners and Seahawks would make sense at the end of the first round -- in Seattle's hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense, Red Bryant's position was essentially that of a 5-technique, and he is now in Jacksonville -- and the Patriots could be a fit if they view him as a 3-technique defensive tackle," McShay wrote. The analyst believes that Hageman "has an elite skill set with outstanding agility for his size and could develop into a very disruptive player in the NFL."
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 07:16:00 PM

Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman is visiting the Steelers on Thursday.

Hageman's projection is an interesting one. Many teams could see a fit next to, or over, the center in a one-technique role, since this is what he played last season. Others could see Hageman has a five-technique outside of the tackle because he offers an outstanding blend of athleticism and size. Expect him to be the second defensive tackle selected after Aaron Donald.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 11:23:00 AM

Minnesota DL Ra'Shede Hageman was called "lazy" but in possession of "all kinds of ability" by NFL evaluators in a story.

"When he wants to play, he can," an NFC personnel man said. "You watch him for a couple of plays, and you see things. Then, you don’t see him again." An AFC exec summed up the scouting reports we've been reading for months, calling the Golden Gophers' star "big and talented" but "lazy." NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Hageman will "polarize" war rooms in May, and the quoted NFC scout agrees: "There’s all kinds of ability. But he turns it on and turns it off. There’s an upside there, though." Outside of Jadeveon Clowney, Hageman is as athletically gifted as any defensive line prospect. At 6-foot-6, 311-pounds, he runs a sub 5-second forty and is arguably versatile enough to play any DL position in any scheme.
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 10:25:00 PM

The Patriots will "look at interior OL, interior DL and maybe a move TE who can provide versatility and depth," reports's Albert Breer.

The reporter also previously reported that New England will draft a quarterback. Minnesota DL Ra'Shede Hageman has been slotted to the Patriots at No. 29 in a few mock drafts, including Pat Kirwan's most recent. NFL Films' Greg Cosell said earlier this week that Hageman will "polarize" war rooms due to his size and athleticism, and we obviously don't know how the Pats perceive him.
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 05:01:00 PM

Minnesota DL Ra'Shede Hageman will "polarize" war rooms due to his size and athleticism, says NFL Films' Greg Cosell.

"He's the most physically gifted DT in the class," Cosell said. "He's 6-6, he's about 315, he's very, very athletic, almost silly athletic for that size. There's a guy you would look at under normal circumstances and say, 'That's a top 10 pick." The problem, of course, is consistency. Cosell mentions the "splash" plays that jump off Hageman's tape, but the Golden Gopher stud also disappears for entire series' at a time. This is a boom-or-bust prospect.
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 09:06:00 PM

Minnesota DL Ra'Shede Hageman has met or visited with the Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals and the Indianapolis Colts, according to Aaron Wilson.

Hageman's range on draft day could be ridiculously wide. Teams could view him as a potential monster in a variety of alignments. He already bats down passes at a high rate and produces flashes of interior disruption thanks to explosive first step. Hageman really struggles when losing off the snap, however.
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 11:02:00 AM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay believes Minnesota DL Ra'Shede Hageman is the biggest risk among trench prospects.

"You're taking a player with enormous physical tools. He's tall, he is big, he flashes on tape, but there is not that consistency there," McShay said, adding Hageman will likely be a top 25 pick. The Minnesota product is a ridiculous athlete for his size and typically lined up as a 1-technique this season. His career could be morphed into a 5-technique, however.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 09:16:00 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler does not see Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman as a top-40 pick.

"What am I missing with DT Ra'Shede Hageman? Tough to justify using a top-40 pick on him in my opinion," Brugler tweeted. Hageman has the physical tools to be successful, standing at 6-foot-6 and weighing in at 311-pounds. He has broad shoulders and long arms, and has rare upfield burst for a guy his size. Teams are intrigued by his position versatility, but they'll have to get past the fact that he's such a raw talent. Hageman has a ton of upside at the next level, and with the right coaching, he could become more consistent with his play.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 10:57:00 PM's Todd McShay called Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman a "rare talent."

"Hageman has more 'wow' moments than any DT in class," McShay tweeted. "Pads rise way too often, motor runs hot-cold." Outside of Jadeveon Clowney, Hageman is as athletically gifted as any defensive line prospect. At 6-foot-6, 311-pounds, he runs a sub 5-second forty and is arguably versatile enough to play any DL position in any scheme. Some believe his best fit is as a 3-4 DE, while others see a pocket collapsing 4-3 DT. Some evaluators are spooked by his inconsistency, but keep in mind that Hageman was easily Minnesota's best defender and was often targeted with multiple blockers in Big 10 play.
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 06:21:00 PM

Close to 20 teams are in attendance for Minnesota's Pro day, according to Tom Pelissero.

Pelissero listed four teams, the Packers, Eagles, Chiefs and Vikings as having representatives at the event. Minnesota's top prospect, Ra'Shede Hageman, will not be doing much after posting a great Combine workout. His fit with the Packers is one worth watching.
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 10:27:00 AM