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Intro: Ra'Shede Hageman bursted on the scene after switching to defensive tackle from tight end. He has the uncanny combination of strength, speed and size that will make him continue to climb draft boards between now and May.
Size: At 6’6, 311 lbs, Ra’Shede Hageman is a force to be reckoned with. Coach Fisher loves tall defensive linemen and Hageman certainly fits the bill. With the 6’5, 322 lbs beast Michael Brockers playing the 1-technique, Hageman would be ideally suited in the 3-technique; playing the spot currently occupied by Kendall Langford.
Athleticism: In addition to his intimidating size, Ra’Shede Hageman is freakishly strong. He has recorded a 36” vertical jump and has bench pressed 465 lbs. Although Hageman is tall, he has no problems getting leverage when taking on offensive linemen. He needs to improve on using his raw power to his advantage against both the run and the pass.He has it.
Production: In 2013, Ra’Shede Hageman recorded 22 solo tackles with 11 resulting in a loss. He had 2 sacks and deflected 8 passes and intercepted one. He should become a much more prolific pass rusher than his sack stats would indicate.
Technique: Ra’Shede Hageman must improve his technique to be proficient in the NFL. He relied heavily on his raw power to beat his opponent at the collegiate level, but he will have to become more efficient with his hands. Hageman also needs to work on his footwork as he ends up on the ground way too much.
Pass Rushing: Hageman needs to increase his assortment of moves, but he has the potential to be an elite pass rusher in the NFL. Once he becomes more technically sounds with his hands, he will have an easier time shedding blockers. Hageman is raw as a pass rusher, but learns quickly and has as high of a ceiling as any interior lineman in this draft.
Overall: Ra’Shede Hageman is one of the most raw defensive tackle prospects, but also one of the most physically gifted. His size is ideal for a 3-technique and his raw athleticism is off the charts. The knock on the tight end turned defensive tackle is that he’s far from a finished product, but there is no reason to believe that he cannot master his craft. Hageman projects as a first round defensive tackle and could continue to fly up draft boards with a good combine.
Fit with STL: Hageman would arguably be the best fit of any lineman in this draft. He projects as an every down, 3-technique defensive tackle on the Rams. Alongside Quinn, Long and Brockers, Ra’Shede Hageman would give the Rams the best defensive line in the NFL. 13 overall is a little early to draft him, so the Rams would be best positioned to draft Hageman with another trade. If they traded the Redskins pick for both of Cleveland’s first rounders, the Rams would end up with 3 first round picks and could use the 3rd on Ra’Shede Hageman.