DT RA’SHEDE HAGEMAN, MINNESOTA

rashedehageman

6’6” – 311 lbs. – 5.10e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 5 – 0 – 0
2011: 13 – 3.5 – 2.0, 1 FF
2012: 35 – 7.5 – 6.0, 1 FF, 2 PD

OVERVIEW:

High school tight end who converted to the defensive line during his redshirt season in 2009. Appeared in a reserve capacity in eight and twelve games in 2010 and 2011, respectively, then started all thirteen games in 2012 en route to an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection.

STRENGTHS:

•    Tall, long-limbed defensive line prospect who possesses excellent bulk.
•    Could realistically project to either 4-3 nose tackle or 3-4 five technique.
•    Possesses an impressive bull rush, can drive offensive guards back.
•    Should appeal to two-gap teams who favor attacking blockers over gaps.
•    Capable of re-establishing the line of scrimmage as a run defender.
•    Gets off the line of scrimmage quickly, frequently ahead of teammates.
•    Length allows him to bat down passes and contribute as a kick blocker.
•    Should have some untapped potential, converted to defense in 2009.
•    Actually plays with pretty consistently solid leverage despite his height.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Awareness in run defense needs some work in terms of choosing gaps.
•    Generally a successful pass rusher but doesn’t have elite closing burst.
•    Could stand to develop some additional rush moves, relies on power.
•    Has reportedly matured but was criticized for his attitude in the past.
•    Was suspended for three games in 2010 due to academic struggles.

SUMMARY:

Hageman’s primary appeal will be as a two-gap defensive end in a 3-4 defensive front, but he will also draw interest from teams looking for a 4-3 nose tackle, particularly those who are interested in players who possess the ability to two-gap. As a massive tackle, his power makes him difficult for one man to block, and he bull-rushes linemen into the backfield with regularity, also boasting impressive burst off the line of scrimmage. He does have some problems when it comes to choosing gaps in the run game, but that should be coachable. Prior flags related to his academics and attitude warrant investigation, but he has reportedly matured in those regards. RD 1

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