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Falcons’ draft board: Minnesota DT Ra’shede Hageman

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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)

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