Ra’Shede Hageman – Defensive Tackle
If you only had one tape to look at on Hageman, the game you would want to see is Nebraska. He showed dominating ability in that game with a sack and two tackles for loss. The problem is, he doesn’t play every game like the Nebraska game. I viewed five games of this player (Penn State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Iowa) and I saw up-and-down play in each game.
Hageman is a fifth-year senior and a three-year starter. He plays in a strict rotation playing about 55% of the defensive snaps. He usually plays as a one-technique but will also play at the three-technique position.
He is listed at being 6’6 – 315. He is an adequate athlete and a bit tight in the knees and hips. He can have a tendency to play tall. When he bends his knees and stays low, he is much more effective. He has good straight-line quickness and adequate speed. I would estimate he will run in the 5.10-5.15 area.
He shows good initial quickness, and when he stays low, he can be explosive. He has good instincts and awareness on the field and finds the ball. He doesn’t have top hand use and can be slow to shed at times, but because of his strength, he can also be tough to move. His play is average when taking on double team blocks. It's frustrating watching him as there are plays when he gets off the ball, sheds a block quickly, and makes the play, but then, other plays, he is a non-factor. You don’t see down after down consistency. He flashes pursuit ability and takes good angles but, again, not on a consistent basis. As a pass rusher, he can be a very good bull rusher when he wants to. I have seen plays where he jolts his opponent with a hand punch and drives him back to the QB. He also flashes quick hands and counter moves. The problem is there are too many plays where he is stuck at the line of scrimmage.
There is no question that this player has talent. While not a great athlete, he has the traits to be a starter in the NFL. He has to play lower more often and play with intensity on a more consistent basis. He has the talent to be drafted in the late second to third round, but his inconsistent effort and production may drop him down a round.
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