Road to the Draft: Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman

Road to the Draft: Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman
April 14, 2014, 2:00 pm
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30 for 29: This is the eighth in a daily series of looks at 30 prospects the Patriots may consider selecting with the 29th overall pick at the 2014 NFL Draft.
Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
6-6, 310 pounds. DOB: 8/8/90
2013: 38 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 INT, 8 passes defensed
2012: 35 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 6 sacks, 2 passes defensed
2011: 13 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2 sacks
2010: 5 tackles
First-team All-Big Ten, third team AP All-American. Transitioned from tight end to defensive line as a freshman. Team captain. Had a rough go in his early years before being adopted.
Four years in the Big-Ten and will be a 24-year-old rookie so physical maturity shouldn’t be an issue. No injury problems of note. An amazing athlete who ran run a sub 5.0 40 and can dunk with acrobatics involved. Very flexible and explosive. Has good timing to rise up and deflect passes and can physically overwhelm blockers and also pursue. Has played inside but may also have the ability to play 5-technique (outside the tackle’s shoulder).
A tremendous amount of doubt about his consistency and questions as to why he didn’t wreak more havoc. A lot of lackluster tape, according to analysts. Regarded as one of the biggest “boom or bust” prospects in the draft. Still raw in technique despite being nearly 24.
It’s hard to handicap because – in a draft like this with such depth – there will surely be a safer pick on the board than Hageman. Unless, of course, the Patriots can divine why there’s been such a disparity between what Hageman has shown on tape and what he’ll do at the next level. If Hageman can play to his potential, he’d certainly be welcome on a defensive line next to Chandler Jones, Tommy Kelly, Vince Wilfork, Rob Ninkovich and the hard-working troika of Seaver Siliga, Joe Vellano and Chris Jones.
Daniel Jeremiah, - No. 29:  Patriots
Bucky Brooks, - No. 14: Bears