05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 40/5. Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota, 6-6, 310, 4.92, 1-2...Physically, Hageman has it all and then some, with a combination of brute force and quick feet that draws comparisons to J.J. Watt, the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year (Houston). Former prep standout as tight end and basketball star, moved to the defensive line during his redshirt freshman season and literally grew into the position. After a dozen foster care homes, Hageman was adopted by lawyer couple, worked to overcome youthful anger issues and now, acknowledging his three-year old son as a stabilizing factor, is ready to become a 24-year old NFL rookie. Frankly: All due respect to dramatic and impressive ascent in tough life, Hageman remains a boom-or-bust prospect. He has ability to be one of the best in the game, but will need the right team environment to make this work for all concerned. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on Arizona's draft radar: DT Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota: The Cardinals have met with Hageman a number of times, indicating they are considering him with the 20th overall pick. And the interest is understandable as the former Gopher projects very well as an athletic 5-technique (his best NFL position), who will be able to give Arizona depth on the defensive line and be the long-term replacement for soon-to-be 33-year old Darnell Dockett. Hageman is at his best when he stays low and fights through the limbs of blockers, but that doesn't happen enough as he routinely battles leverage problems. He needs to show better consistency at the next level, but he likely ends up in the first round by a team looking to capitalize on the splash plays he had in college. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/17/2014 - Five players who should be on Washington's draft radar: DT Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota: The Redskins paid Jason Hatcher big-time money to be an impact defensive end in their three-man front, but could use more depth at the position. Many don't believe that he will be around in the second round, but if Hageman slips to pick No. 34, it would be tough for Washington to pass. The Minnesota product lined up all over the defensive line in college, but his best NFL position is five-technique end, making him a great fit with the Redskins. Hageman leaves you wanting more, but has the versatile athletic upside and physical traits desired at the position. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 26. Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota, 6-6, 318, 4.89, 1-2...Former prep standout as tight end and basketball player, moved to the defensive line during his redshirt freshman season and literally grew into the position. He has it all and then some, with a combination of brute force and quick feet that has drawn comparisons to J.J. Watt, the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year (Houston Texans). - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Combine: From 40 times to Fritos, 10 Bold Predictions: 6. Big speed. A final note on the 40; two years ago Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe sprung up draft boards by clocking in at 4.89 seconds at 6-feet-4, 346 pounds. This year's fastest "fat" guy will be Minnesota's RaShede Hageman, who measured in at 6-6, 318 pounds a few weeks ago at the Senior Bowl and may prove even faster. (Quick side note, because getting beaten to a bloody pulp is decidedly not among the things I'd like to have occur in Indianapolis, let's keep the calling 'Shede "fat" between us, okay?) - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/21/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl Tuesday: Trio of lineman highlight physical North practice...Scouts were greeted by a blue sky but 20 mile-per-hour winds at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, making the evaluation of quarterbacks tough. The conditions were ideal for play in the trenches, however, which is where the best talent in the 2014 Senior Bowl resides, anyway. Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman (No. 19) and Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin (No. 25) entered the week of practice at the Senior Bowl as NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated prospects playing in the all-star game. At Tuesday morning's North team practice, it was easy to justify their projected first round grade.
The well-built Hageman flashed dominating strength and length, routinely driving opponents into the backfield with a his bull rush and showing impressive burst for a man of his imposing 6-foot-6, 318-pound frame. Hageman was tough to handle in one-on-one drills -- putting Miami guard Brandon Linder on his back during one particularly explosive rush -- but carried over his impressive play into the full 11-on-11 scrimmages, as well. He remains a prospect who flashes rather than consistently dominates but considering his power, size and athleticism, teams operating under 4-3 and 3-4 principles, alike, were taking notice. Hageman's scheme and position versatility is in stark contrast to an even flashier player -- Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald -- who by all accounts was the star of Monday's practice. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/20/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: SENIOR BOWL WEIGH-IN WINNERS: Ra'Shede Hagemen, DT, Minnesota: Another highly regarded lineman who showed impressive weight distribution, measuring in at exactly 6-6 and 318 pounds. His arms (33?? inches) were also among the longest of any of the defensive tackles measured Monday. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/27/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Syracuse enters the postseason with a 14-9-1 record in bowl games and has won its last two, both Pinstripe Bowl victories. Minnesota is 5-10 in bowl games and has lost its last four, including a 34-31 defeat to Texas Tech in this game a year ago. DE Ra'Shede Hageman is the star of the Golden Gopher defense. He made the All-Big Ten First Team in both the coaches and the media votes, and has 11 tackles for loss this season. - The Sports Xchange
12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota, Defensive Line...Hageman finished the regular season with 34 tackles, a team-high 11 tackles-for-loss, two sacks, one interception, eight pass breakups, one fumble recovery, one blocked field goal and one blocked extra point. - Minnesota football
12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota, Defensive Line...Senior defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman was named first team All-Big Ten by both the league's coaches and media. He is first Gopher to be appointed by both the coaches and media as a first-team player since wide receiver Eric Decker in 2008 (Decker was also voted to the first team by the coaches in 2009). - Minnesota football
11/11/2013 - TOP 10 SCARIEST PLAYERS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 8. Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota, DT: The biggest Freak in the Big Ten, Hageman is a 6-6, 312-pound converted tight end who can still do 360 dunks and vertical jump 36 inches. That athleticism causes all sorts of problems for offenses. This season, Hageman has 8.5 TFLs, blocked two blocked kicks and even picked off a pass. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 30. Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota (6-6, 312): The Golden Gophers haven't produced a NFL first-round pick since the Patriots nabbed running back Lawrence Maroney in 2006, but that is precisely the sort of buzz the Minneapolis native is generating. The preseason first-team All-Big Ten defensive tackle sparkled in a season-opening win over UNLV, recording five tackles, a pass broken up and a blocked field that was returned for a touchdown. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/07/2013 - Scouting the Minnesota run defense: The Gophers gave up 193 rushing yards against UNLV, which isn't a good sign considering what's ahead when the Big Ten season begins. Minnesota had a tough time handling Tim Cornett, who gained 86 yards on 20 carries, while Shaq Murray-Lawrence broke loose for a 64-yard gain. The Gophers haven't been able to control the line of scrimmage on the defensive side of the ball for years. It's not a good sign they had a difficult time against a weak UNLV team. Junior linebacker Damien Wilson recorded seven tackles in his Gophers debut. - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT Ra'Shede Hageman can make positive things happen in a variety of ways. His blocked field goal in the third quarter was a key play in the win over UNLV. Hageman used his 6-foot-6 frame to get a hand on the ball and Martez Shabazz returned it 51-yards for a touchdown. Instead of leading 23-16, the Gophers opened up a 30-13 advantage. Hageman had five tackles, was credited with half a tackle for a loss and broke up a pass in the opener. - The Sports Xchange
08/29/2013 - Minnesota's Marcus Jones returned the second half kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and the Gophers pulled away for a 51-23 victory over UNLV on Thursday, the 23rd loss in a row on the road for the Rebels. Minnesota, which scored twice on special teams, turned a tight game into a romp without any scoring by the offense for the first 23-plus minutes after the intermission. Ra'Shede Hageman blocked a field goal that Martez Shabazz picked up and raced for a 78-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and Briean Boddy-Calhoun scored on an 89-yard interception return in the fourth.
UNLV's Tim Cornett rushed 20 times for 82 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown run to cap a commanding opening drive for the Rebels. Shaquille Murray-Lawrence gained 108 yards on four carries for UNLV, which last won away from Las Vegas was Oct. 24, 2009, at New Mexico. - AP Sports
08/21/2013 - Scouts Roundtable: Who are the top Big Ten prospects? Scout A: I love some of the senior prospects in the Big Ten this year, here are a few thoughts: Iowa (C.J. Fiedorowicz), Indiana (Ted Bolser) and Purdue (Gabe Holmes) all have senior tight ends that we think highly of - watch them. I've seen good things from Michigan State's top receiver (Bennie Fowler) and expect him to have a big final season in East Lansing. Roby, the corner out of Ohio State is "as advertised" and a future NFL star. One kid who isn't getting much ink just yet is Shede Hageman from up there at Minnesota, but I bet he ends up in the first round. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
08/21/2013 - Scouts Roundtable: Who are the top Big Ten prospects? Scout C: I don't scout east of the Mississippi River, but I graduated from a Big Ten school 30 years ago so I'm always in tune with what's going on over there. Consider me in the BOB (Bill O'Brien) fan club. He'll be in the league soon. I can't wait to see what he does in year two in Happy Valley. And for me, two of his guys on offense really stood out last year: Robinson the receiver and that athletic tight end they have (Allen Robinson and Kyler Carter). Bradley Roby has swivel hips and the lower body explosion that you want at the position, but I do have questions about his anticipation. Nonetheless, he's going high. Also, watch Hageman, the big bonker out of Minnesota, that kid has top-15 potential.
It's impossible to cover every Big Ten prospect in these responses, but I found it interesting that none of the three scouts mentioned Michigan's senior left tackle Lewan, who some believe has top-10 potential. On the flip side, two of the scouts mentioned Minnesota defensive tackle Rashede Hageman as a first rounder. And I'm not sure what a "big bonker" is, but it was used in a positive way to describe the Minnesota senior. I'm glad one of the scouts brought up Penn State's Allen Robinson, who I think has a chance to be an Anquan Boldin-type of receiver at the next level. Although Ohio State's left tackle Jack Mewhort wasn't mentioned, he is another Big Ten prospect worth watching this year. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
08/14/2013 - TOP MINNESOTA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. Ra'Shede Hageman (6-5, 310, 4.92)...Originally recruited as a tight end, Hageman's combination of size and athleticism prompted a move to defensive line where he made a notable impact as a first-year starter last season, tallying 35 tackles and six sacks from the interior as a junior. He enters his senior year as a watch list member for several prestigious awards, and with expectation from many to emerge as one of the top NFL prospects at his position coming out in 2014.
At 6-5 and 310 pounds, Hageman possesses superb length, a lean, athletic build, and good proportion. He exhibits rare explosion off the snap, and has a knack for finding gaps early in the play, using his flexibility, balance and active hands to knife tight spaces and fire into the backfield. While he struggles to stay low at times at the point of attack, his "plus" foot quickness and good use of arm legth enable him to keep blockers out of his chest and he puts surprising upper body strength on display to toss bigger, more stout O-linemen to the side, when considering his lean build. He needs to work on staying low as a run defender as he has a tendency to keep his legs extended and lead with his chest or shoulder, resulting in him being stood up and pushed off the line and out of the play. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
08/14/2013 - TOP MINNESOTA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. Ra'Shede Hageman (6-5, 310, 4.92)...In terms of awareness, he needs to improve on keeping his eyes on the backfield rather than dropping his head, as he'll often gain penetration but will end up out of contention to make a play due to losing a sense of what is going on around him. If Hageman can improve his all-around game by cleaning up some of these technical issues, he has a really good chance of being a first-round selection and one of the first D-linemen off the board next May, considering the premium that NFL teams are willing to pay for a player with natural ability to disrupt the pocket from the inside. His combination of size and explosiveness also gives him the versatility to play end at the next level, and could give him a leg-up over some of the more traditional interior linemen in the class. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/17/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: DT Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota...Hageman enters his final year of college football after a breakout junior season which saw the 6-6, 311-pound Minneapolis native record 35 tackles and six sacks. - Minnesota football
07/17/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: DT Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota...Hageman was previously named to the 2013 watch lists for the Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award. The Minneapolis native enters his final year of college football after a breakout junior season which saw the 6-6, 311-pound Minneapolis native record 35 tackles and six sacks. Earlier this offseason, Hageman was named First Team Preseason All-Big 10 by Phil Steele and was placed on the Athlon Preseason All-Big Ten First Team. He was also named to the Big Ten Preseason All-Conference First Team by College Sports Madness and appointed to the Defensive Lineman Trophy Watch List by College Football Performance Awards. - Minnesota football
07/17/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota, DL...Hageman enters his final year of college football after a breakout junior season which saw the 6-6, 311-pound Minneapolis native record 35 tackles and six sacks. - Minnesota football
07/17/2013 - 2013 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST: Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota, DT...Hageman enters his final year of college football after a breakout junior season which saw the 6-6, 311-pound Minneapolis native record 35 tackles and six sacks. - Minnesota football
05/21/2013 - 2013 FREAKS LIST: THE 20 CRAZIEST ATHLETES IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 2. Ra'Shede Hegeman, Minnesota, DT: The 6-6, 312-pound converted tight end vertical jumped 36 inches this offseason when the Gophers tested him. More impressively, the former basketball standout (he used to play AAU ball against first-rounder Royce White) says he can still do a 360 dunk even though he's well over three bills. "But," Hegeman adds, "it doesn't look as pretty as when I was 250."
Hegeman was a big recruit for former coach Tim Brewster. Then-Gophers hoops coach Tubby Smith once tried to get him to come out for the basketball team, Hegeman says. But the big man opted to focus solely on football, where he has blossomed into one of the Big Ten's better D-linemen.
He's certainly the most athletic. Not only does he have the 36-inch vert, but he also has bench-pressed 465 pounds and clocked an electronically timed 10-yard sprint in 1.57 seconds. For comparison sake, no DT at this year's NFL Combine jumped higher than 33 inches, and Terron Armstead, the offensive tackle who ran the blazing 4.71 40 at the combine, did a 1.64 in his 10. Hegeman said watching the combine in February has "motivated me to be even get more serious in the weight room." His goals on the field for 2013: play with better pad level, play with more urgency off the ball and not take plays off. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com