Posted: 6:00 am Monday, April 21st, 2014

Falcons’ draft board: Minnesota DT Ra’shede Hageman 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Each morning, from now until the draft starts on May 8, we’ll do a short profile of a player who’s on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We’ll focus on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. The Falcons own 10 picks in this draft. Today we’ll look at Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman.

Player: Ra’Shede Hageman

Position: Defensive tackle

School: Minnesota

Height and weight: 6-6, 310

Combine numbers:  5.02 seconds in the 40-yard dash; 32 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 35 1/2-inch vertical; 9-6 broad jump, 4.5 in short shuttle and 7.87 in the three-cone drill.

Projected Round: He’s the fourth-rated defensive tackle in the draft and is projected to be selected in the first or second round by NFLDraftScout.com.

Career Highlights: Signed with Minnesota as a highly touted tight end. He was converted to the defensive side of the ball and flourished in several spots for the Golden Gophers. He was named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and the media last season.

Quotes: “I tell coaches I play all the way from a zero technique all the way to a nine . . . So, I’m very versatile and comfortable playing anything you want me to play. I feel obviously like you’ve got to be tough to play a zero technique. It’s very claustrophobic just playing zero…. I feel like versatility is definitely one of my strengths.”

Falcons level on interest: He caught the Falcons attention at the Senior Bowl where he was disruptive in practices and difficult to block in the one-on-one drills. He’s explosive for his size. “He has brunt strength and is as strong as all outdoors,” Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox said.

Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman was a force in the Big Ten last season. (Photo Credit: GopherSports)

Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman was a force in the Big Ten last season. (Photo Credit: GopherSports)

FALCONS’ DRAFT BOARD

–A look at Louisville LB Preston Brown

–A look at Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

–A look at Texas OLB/DE Jackson Jeffcoat

–A look at West Virginia RB Charles Sims

–A look at Auburn DE Dee Ford

–A look at Brigham Young OLB Kyle Van Noy

–A look at Arizona State OLB/DE Carl Bradford

--A look at Missouri DE Kony Ealy

–A look at Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro

–A look at Alabama S Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix

–BLOG: A list of the confirmed players at LOCALS DAY on Tuesday

–BLOG: FSU linebacker Telvin Smith visited the Falcons on Monday

–Falcons check out Towson State RB Terrance West, CB Jordan Love (UGA transfer)

–MyAJC ($): Eye-test vs. Tape-measure test: Falcons must trust their eyes during draft prep. 

FALCONS REWIND

–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons

–Blog: New jersey numbers picked; Devin Hester to wear No. 17

–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks

–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014

–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

MEET THE FREE AGENT SIGNEES

–MyAJC ($): Falcons spend $80 million in free agency to buy toughness

–Las Vegas doesn’t like Falcons’ free agency moves

–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day

40 comments
BoogieBrothers
BoogieBrothers

Exactly what the hell is BRUNT strength?? Anything like BRUTE strength?? D-Led, you are a moron

Leviathan
Leviathan

D. Orlando Ledbetter

Any thoughts on the apparent hesitation of Dummitroff to exercise the 5th year option on Julio Jones?

notPlanB
notPlanB

Looks good if we could get him with 37th pick?????  Possibly backup at NT, DT in 4-3 and 3 down DE using 3-4. Any player that played a skill position even at TE has more athletic ability than the average defensive or offensive lineman. Probably won't be there at #37.

Whiznot
Whiznot

Matt Ryan's big fat paycheck killed the Falcons. RIP.

Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

 : He’s the fourth-rated defensive tackle in the draft



Again with the hyphen. Why? Time for remedial English......Again. 


BeastOPS
BeastOPS

Why does every article have the same picture of Clowney at the top? Are we that hung up on Clowney? Or just too lazy to change it to the person being discussed?

Dman
Dman

New thought, trade up using Roddy White as trade bait and that way we get to keep some of the draft picks. I love Roddy but he's got two good years tops if that left in his old NFL body. Douglas proved last year he can fill that hole with Hester as the third receiver. That way we can go to 1 or 2 and get Clowney or Mack. We still would have to give up additional picks but maybe just a third round if it's with St. Louis.

Dman
Dman

If he is all that, why didn't he do well in the Senior Bowl like Dee Ford did?

JSSN
JSSN

He's 2 to 3 years away from being the run stopper that some are hoping. But like Baibineuax (when he first came into the League), he's going to penetrate but still needs to learn leverage and finishing. NFL linemen are who are talented will give him a problem for a period of time. If he grows into that body and the athletic ability, run for the door. Has one of the great back stories in the draft, I wish him well.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

AlwaysReady....JC will be gone, sorry.  But this guy is interesting.

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

Put him on the list...Explosive, Size and strength.  Looks like he could stop the run and move the QB off his mark. Falcons need offensive lineman then defensive linemen who are disruptive. 

notPlanB
notPlanB

My 2 cents guess is that MR is a $12 mil/yr QB. Would our team be better with two extra $4mil/yr OL or an $8 mil/yr DE or safety???

Why don't we sign Incognito? Has anyone signed him yet?

zuzu331
zuzu331

@Whiznot  Ryan has been the anchor and lynchpin of a severely mediocre team. Give him a TEAM to support him and the Falcons will be back.

RangeRover
RangeRover

@Whiznot  

A lot of things "killed" the Falcons last season, the very least of which was Matt Ryan.

Dman
Dman

Maybe I have been out of school too long but i think the hyphen should be there. He is = He's back to football...

RangeRover
RangeRover

@Dman  


If the Falcons OL and DL were set, I'd be all for trading White and pursuing Watkins.  I think we witnessed last year the first of a three year complete erosion for Roddy White.

Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

@Dman  I'm with JSSN on this......At his age, there is very little trade value, especially to move up in the first round. This may work in fantasy football, but not in the NFL. 

JSSN
JSSN

@Dman  

No WR even a veteran Roddy White is going to get you a 1st Round pick even in conjunction with other picks unless it is that 6th pick! Randy Moss in his prime didn't warrant a 1st round trade value, Roddy is not gonna make it happen!

Devin Hester is not a viable option in the passing game. He'll get a package of plays for the Falcons, but Drew Davis is your third or fourth receiver!  Please stop fiddling with your receiver rotation! The only thing in that passing game needed is a seam running TE to make other teams respect inside the numbers and post routes. Keep it simple.

JSSN
JSSN

@Dman  

Who was calling the plays against Dee Ford in the Senior Bowl?

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

@DASDGUY  


Falcons need Jadeveon Clowney then offensive linemen who are disruptive.

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@notPlanB

Please are we really back to the Incognito thing again..............COME ON MAN........STOP IT!

Dman
Dman

My bad, just saw what I did there. Hyphen not apostrophe. Got it. But again, who cares, let's get back to football...

zuzu331
zuzu331

@RandyFalcon @BeastOPS  Jadeveon is this years Big Hyped Up Pick. Take one kid and hype them over and above any potential they legitimately have to create buzz,sell papers,generate blog hits.Remember Cadillac Williams,Andy Katzenmoyer,Vince Young,Tim Tebow? They set them up for failure,chew em up,spit em out and the beat goes on.

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

@RangeRover @Dman It takes a wide receiver about three year to come into his own. Roddy White needs to stay on the roster. When Julio and White are both healthy their one of the best tandems in the league. The Falcons need a young safety that can come in and start....

Dman
Dman

I got the idea from the best trades in the draft show on the NFL network. There have been similar trades that worked out for both teams in the past. Don't say no way because it's happened before...

Dman
Dman

Come on man... That didn't stop him from getting to the QB...

FalconJames
FalconJames

@JSSN @DarlaLewis big surprise. You should change your name from JSSN to Randy  Jackson. You both name drop every chance you get.

JSSN
JSSN

@DarlaLewis

Only in Atlanta, the Jets (Hill/Smith/Sanchez) or in Denver with someone like Tebow throwing the ball. The new norm is year 2 you better be lights out and putting up huge numbers. Or racking up huge TD numbers like /Mike Wallace/Torrey Smith (in comparison to their catches). In all actuality, Roddy was the last one I remember who was really stunted in his progress.

Julio Jones has to stay healthy (not when he's healthy). There's way too much coddling of potential in Flowery Branch. His rookie deal is at an end. They've left Roddy's deal in tact when they've could have reworked it by now. They might still drop in a new Roddy deal, not saying they won't, but they're waiting.

JSSN
JSSN

@notPlanB  

Nah, he's thinking Roddy has more value than he does with or without the pick in play. Then it becomes a matter of trying to replace 2/3rds of your passing game (with a complicated lexicon of their coordinators). That is unnecessary stuff. 

As far as for Coffman, why strain your brain? You know I don't do that Bird Cage Talk. I hope he invested those paychecks wisely. He's had time to have teams beating at his door, no takers!

JSSN
JSSN

@FalconJames

If you are getting your information from ESPN, you might as well not ever go to a football game in your life. There's a whole world outside of that sphere of fandom.

The kid (Hageman) was at the Senior Bowl, this not new information. There was a week's worth of coverage about him. His life story has been out there since November (SBNation did a great piece on him). If I hung out exclusively on the AJC Blogs and not on some Steelers site, 49ers, or Chargers and more as well, I'd been scratching my head about a converted TE too. But, I'm not, sorry that makes you uncomfortable.

I'm not getting into a pissing contest with you. I guess if I hadn't seen Khalil Mack play too in person 3 times over the last 3 seasons I'd think somebody was "name drop(ping)." I don't watch 'American Idol,' but this is one thing you have to understand, that man (Jackson) had 30 year career in order to "name drop." I suppose those things don't matter to you?

FalconJames
FalconJames

@JSSN @Dman You name drop more than Randy Jackson on American Idol . Sometimes I wonder if you just go to ESPN.Com and get a few names to drop each day. SMDH


notPlanB
notPlanB

I think Dman is talking about giving up our 6th pick with it.

Buy the way JSSN, now that time has gone by and we know more of Coffman's status during the last few games, why didn't we find out what we had? Any ideas other than the usual WPP even in a 4-12 season?

JSSN
JSSN

@Dman  

Those trades were for "multiple picks" or included "players" and "picks" like the 1990 trade that brought Hinton and Rison here (that was the overall #1 pick). It's been years since a team traded a "top 10 pick" for a "wide receiver." Com'on, you're better than that. No team that needs a WR (IE the Rams) can't get it younger and cheaper by simply taking Watkins. The market has changed, not Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald is going to get you a "Top 10 pick." Even comparable talents who are much younger (see Brandon Marshall) only gather 2nd round picks.

JSSN
JSSN

@Dman  

Didn't help "stop(ping) him" either! He kept trying to single cover him in the blocking scheme when it was evident they couldn't stop speed rushers. They did an awful teaching the running backs chipping on edge rushers. The play calls didn't help.

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