Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota (HT: 6’5⅞”, WT: 310 lbs.)
Second Round: 37th Pick
NFL Comparison: Jason Hatcher, DT, Dallas Cowboys
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- Flashes an extremely powerful punch and strong bull rush and is commonly seen jolting blockers and walking them back into the pocket.
- Excellent size at 6’6”, 310 pounds, with long 34.25" arms.
- Very athletic, with the ability to run and move quickly in short bursts. Originally a tight end at Minnesota, he moved to defense after his redshirt season.
- Converts quickness into power, showing the ability to toss blockers aside at times. Has a mean streak that can be channeled on the field.
- Physically dominates opponents at times; at his best, he looks like a complete mismatch in one-on-one situations and can beat double-teams.
- Length allows him to keep opponents at a distance and keep his body clean.
- Good natural anchor; when he plays with adequate leverage, a strong lower body bolts him to the ground.
- Holds up fairly well against the double-team, showing the ability to occupy blocks while his teammates roam free.
- Combination of size, strength and quickness make it difficult to reroute and stop his momentum.
- Capable of occupying every interior defensive line role; versatile prospect that could appeal to almost every scheme.
- Engulfs ball-carriers and is a secure tackler.
- Generally is pretty quick off the ball, showing some snap anticipation and explosiveness.
- Above-average balance; he does a nice job of staying on his feet.
- Gets his long arms into passing lanes and bats down balls.
- Is still fairly new to the position; he was recruited to play tight end and switched to defensive end before finally settling inside at defensive tackle in 2011.
- Was durable throughout his college career, never missing a game due to injury.
- Motor appears to run hot and cold; he seems to take some plays off and is not always committed in pursuit.
- Inconsistent; he disappears for stretches on tape.
- Does not locate the ball particularly well and struggles at times to diagnose plays and put himself in position to make an impact. Can be late to react.
- Occasionally stands straight up off the snap and sacrifices his anchor or momentum. Inconsistent leverage; he plays too high at times and could improve his hand placement.
- Lacks refined or go-to moves; not a natural penetrator and often finds himself unable to counter.
- Uses his hands to keep blockers at an arm’s length but does not control them and rip or shed when he needs to.
- Currently carrying a bit of an underachiever label. It will be up to NFL evaluators and coaches to determine why he may have failed to reach his potential in college.
- Failed to stand out at the Senior Bowl. Was among the most highly sought-after prospects at the event but was unable to win convincingly or consistently in one-on-one drills.
- Was unofficially suspended for academic reasons in 2010.
- Struggled with focus and priorities early in his college career.
- First-team All-Big Ten 2013.
- Honorable mention All-Big Ten 2012.
- Redshirted 2009.
- Youth Studies major.
- Comes from a troubled background. He and his brother grew up in Minnesota's foster care system as his mother struggled with addiction.
An immensely talented prospect with the length, mass and athleticism to entice evaluators and defensive coaches, Hageman is one of this class’ premier defensive tackles. While he possesses all of the physical tools to be a dominant player, inconsistent effort and leverage have limited his effectiveness.
At the next level, he projects well to 1-tech in a four-man front or 5-tech in a 3-4 scheme. If a coach is able to light a fire underneath him and teach him the nuances of the position, he has the potential to be the cornerstone of a team’s defensive line.
Draft Projection: First-Second Round
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