Packers prospect profile: DL Ra’Shede Hageman
Ra’Shede Hageman, DL Minnesota, 6-6, 310 pounds, Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
40 time: 5.02
Vertical jump: 35.5″
225 lb. bench: 32 reps
Broad jump: 114″
News and Notes:
Converted from tight end to defensive line during his redshirt freshman seasons. … Was two-time all-state tight end in high school … First team all Big Ten and third team All-American his senior season. … Received the Bronko Nagurski award, given to the team’s most valuable player, his senior season. … Had 13 tackles for loss senior season. … Foster child, mother was a drug addict, father died before Ra’Shede met him. … More about Hageman’s difficult childhood.
What they’re saying about him:
- Mike Mayock: The Hageman kid is really interesting and especially given his background and where he’s coming from and what he’s had to go through in life, and I think the hard part is putting the tape on in one game, you see a kid that can go as a Top 15 pick and then you put the next tape on, and then he disappears for three quarters and that’s a fifth or sixth round pick and you have to rectify the whole thing if he blows up the Combine; who are we getting. That’s the important thing is trying to understand the kid, because the talent is certainly there.
- NFL.com: Terrific movement, flexibility and range. Loose ankles. Can work the edges. Able to redirect and chase athletically. Fierce tackler. Rare leaping ability for his size (workout all-star). Disrupts passing lanes. Has a “wow” factor at his best. Has immense upside. Team captain.
- Size and length look very intimidating
- Good lateral movement and ability to make a tackle downfield
- Slow to react at times
- Extremely difficult to handle if he gains leverage
If drafted by the Packers:
Since I live in Minnesota and punish myself by watching the Gophers, I’ve followed Hageman’s entire career. Most of the scouting reports are accurate: He’s got a ton of ability, but tends to disappear for stretches. Some say his disappearing acts raise questions about his effort. Whenever I’ve observed Hageman go into hibernation, he appeared to be really tired. Hands on the hips, breathing heavy, slow of the ball — the usual signs. I wonder if conditioning was an issue for him in college and if an NFL conditioning program would fix that.
I really want to see Hageman rushing off the edge in a 4-3 scheme. I think that’s where he fits best in the NFL. His height and natural physical skills remind you of Julius Peppers. That’s not to say Hageman wouldn’t fit in a 3-4 scheme like the Packers. If it all comes together for a talented player Hageman, he’ll find a way to produce in any system.
However, I wonder if Ted Thompson might be looking for more immediate impact in an early pick. Hageman will likely need some time to develop. But man, it’s awful tempting to fall in love with everything Hageman could bring to a defense. If the Packers want to go more athletic on the defensive line, Hageman definitely fits the criteria.——————
Adam Czech is a a freelance sports reporter living in the Twin Cities and a proud supporter of American corn farmers. When not working, Adam is usually writing about, thinking about or worrying about the Packers. Follow Adam on Twitter. Twitter .