Photo of Ra'Shede Hageman
Drafted By: Falcons
  • Round 2
  • Pick 5
  • Overall 37

Combine Results

Grade
6.04 ?
  • 5.02 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 32 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 114.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.87 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.50 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Hageman has first-round talent. He flashes brilliance, but a lack of consistency pushed him to the second day of the draft. The Atlanta Falcons got an outstanding offensive tackle (Jake Matthews) yesterday, on defense you got a first-round talent in the second round. The Falcons got bigger and stronger on both sides of the line of scrimmage." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'6" Height
  • 34 1/4" Arm Length
  • 310LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

Has a son. Name is pronounced "ruh-SHEED HAYG-men." Grew up in foster homes before being adopted at the age of 7 by a Minnesota couple. Highly recruited tight end who also won a basketball state championship. Stayed home to play for the Gophers in 2009, where he redshirted and was switched to the defensive line. Appeared in eight games as a reserve in '10 and managed five tackles, zero tackles for loss and zero sacks. Suspended for the last four games of the season for academic issues. Logged 13-3.5-2 with one forced fumble in 13 games as a reserve in '11. Arrested in May '12 while trying to break up a bar fight and charged with disorderly conduct. The charges were later dropped. Became a starter at defensive tackle in the fall and recorded 35-7.5-6 with two batted passes and one forced fumble in 12 starts. Named the team MVP in '13 after leading the team with 13 tackles for loss with 38-13-2 with eight batted passes, his first career interception and a pair of blocked kicks -- field goal vs. UNLV and an extra point against Western Illinois in 13 starts. Team captain.

Analysis

Strengths

Long and well-proportioned. Intriguing height-weight-speed ratio and natural athleticism. Flashes the ability explode off the ball, jolt blockers and disrupt the backfield. Terrific movement, flexibility and range. Loose ankles. Can work the edges. Able to redirect and chase athletically. Fierce tackler. Workout all-star with rare leaping ability for his size (35 1/2-inch vertical) -- bench-pressed 225 pounds 32 times at the combine. Disrupts passing lanes. Has a "wow" factor at his best. Has immense upside.

Weaknesses

Wide gap between physical ability and performance on tape. Green eyes, instincts and understanding of blocking schemes. Motor idles. Too often lets his pads rise and exposes his frame. Does not play to his length. On skates vs. double teams. Hand use needs work. Unsophisticated counters and pass-rush moves. Aimless pass rusher in need of a plan. Minimal, inflated sack production. Still learning to convert speed to power. Does not dominate single blocking. Needs more glass in his diet. Could require simple assignments. Motivation and coachability should be examined more closely. Will be 24-year-old rookie. Has a glaring bust factor.

Draft Projection

Top 50

Bottom Line

A raw, converted tight end with a basketball background, Hageman is a big, athletic, finesse three-technique with intriguing dimensions and movement skills who fits best in an aggressive, one-gap scheme where he could fire into gaps. Will probably be restricted to nickel pass-rush duty initially until the game slows down for him, but has impact potential if he ever figures it out. Is still maturing, having endured a harrowing childhood to get to where he is today, and would be best served landing in a structured environment with veteran mentorship. Classic boom-or-bust prospect.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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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