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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.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 9:03 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."
Apr 19 - 7:16 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.
Apr 17 - 11:23 AM

Minnesota DL Ra'Shede Hageman was called "lazy" but in possession of "all kinds of ability" by NFL evaluators in a NJ.com 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.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 13 - 10:25 PM

The Patriots will "look at interior OL, interior DL and maybe a move TE who can provide versatility and depth," reports NFL.com'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
Apr 12 - 5:01 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.
Apr 10 - 9:06 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.
Apr 10 - 11:02 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
Mar 28 - 9:16 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that the more he sees of Minnesota's Brock Vereen, the "more I like."

"Vereen has [an] intriguing skill set," McShay wrote. "Versatile FS/NB with speed and balance. Needs some work but plays hard and shows good eye-disc." The analyst believes the younger brother of Patriots RB Shane Vereen "could turn out to be real value pick." McShay pegs Brock Vereen as a late Day 2, or early Day 3 selection.
Mar 25 - 11:15 PM

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.
Mar 12 - 10:57 PM

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill named redshirt sophomore QB Mitch Leidner as the team's starting quarterback.

"He's the number one guy, no question," Kill said. Philip Nelson's transfer to Rutgers over the winter removed most of the drama from the QB competition, as Leidner was the only quarterback with any game experience remaining on the roster. Leidner (6-foot-4, 235-pounds) started four games in 2013, showing more potential as a runner than as a passer. Kill says Leidner is a cross between two star QBs he mentored at Northern Illinois, Chandler Harnish and Jordan Lynch.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 11 - 6:40 PM

NFL.com's Charles Davis ranks Minnesota's Brock Vereen and Kansas State's Ty Zimmerman as his two best safety sleepers in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Vereen, the younger brother of Patriots RB Shane Vereen, has turned heads with his athletic ability, Davis notes. "His versatility is helping his stock -- I think he's fast enough to play corner (he ran a 4.47 40, fastest of all the safeties, at the combine) and has the frame for it at 6-0, 199," Davis wrote. Zimmerman, meanwhile, didn't even garner a combine invite. The first-team All-Big 12 DB last season is the "quintessential coach's kid -- he's always in the right spot," according to Davis, who likes his tackling and ballhawking ability. "There's a place in the league for guys like him who get the job done," Davis wrote. NFL.com believes Vereen will slot between Rds. 3-4, while Zimmerman might have to settle for priority free agent status.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 7 - 10:03 PM

ESPN.com'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.
Mar 5 - 6:21 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.
Mar 3 - 10:27 AM

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill joked that he's "getting paid way too much" after signing a contract extension that raised his annual compensation to more than $2 million.

Kill's new contract runs through the 2018 season and stipulates that his top nine assistant coaches be paid amongst the top six in the conference. "We're building a program. It'll take time. We want to be smart about what we pay anyone, and we want to be good stewards of our finances," athletic director Norwood Teague said. "It's a building program, and we want to do the best we can every day and see where it lands down the road." Kill is 17-21 in three seasons in Minneapolis.
Feb 25 - 6:28 PM


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