Hageman trying to cement himself as 1st-round pick at Combine

Author:
Updated:
Original:

He's widely been considered a potential first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft for months now, but former Gophers defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman is off to a good start at solidifying his draft stock at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Hageman's presence at the Combine was felt immediately when he tied for third among defensive linemen with 32 reps in the bench-press. He forced up 11 more repetitions than potential No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina, NFL.com reported.

Hageman recently competed in the Senior Bowl and he was ranked the second-best defensive tackle behind Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald. Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage said Hageman is "scheme-friendly" to any team in the NFL.

"Very athletic," Savage said of Hageman. "When he does it the right way in terms of technique, he is really an unstoppable force."

His athleticism is unquestioned, but his rawness at the position is. Hageman was recruited as a tight end out of Minneapolis Washburn High School, and he didn't start playing defensive tackle until 2011. The fact that he's still learning the position is a driving force for him.

"Obviously there's a lot of great D-tackles here and I feel like I'm definitely a few steps behind them," Hageman said at the Combine, via FOX Sports. "I mean, this is my third year playing D-tackle and I've obviously got to where I am now just by being athletic and being strong. But I feel like there's a lot of D-tackles here that have been playing this position for a long time and I feel that I have to catch up."

If he is behind, he isn't behind by much. NFL Network's Mike Mayock lists Hageman as the fourth-best defensive tackle in the draft.

Next Up

Eype1UCW8AcXU8j

St. Cloud State blanked by UMass in national championship game

Minnesota had three teams in the Frozen Four but didn't claim the national title.

BLM mural in West St. Paul.

Minnesotan's fight to save his BLM mural gets international coverage

West St. Paul told Ryan Weyandt the art violates city code.

Alex Rodriguez

Reports: Alex Rodriguez part of group finalizing deal to buy Wolves, Lynx

The former MLB will become part-owner of the Wolves and Lynx.

snow, slush (submitted photo, ok to use)

Accumulating snow expected in parts of Minnesota on Monday

Far northwestern Minnesota stands the best chance for higher snow totals.

Screen Shot 2021-04-10 at 1.53.51 PM

Police looking for 'person of interest' in connection to woman's killing

The public is advised to avoid approaching him and to call 911.

covid, vaccine

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Saturday, April 10

Cases and hospitalizations have been on the rise in Minnesota.

Gabe Kalscheur

Gabe Kalscheur announces he's transferring to Iowa State

The former Gopher guard entered the transfer portal last month.

Walz

Asked about restrictions, Walz says Minnesota is in a 'hold pattern'

Meanwhile, the governor of Michigan is urging people to stay home to slow the spread.

walz and zapko

Watch: Beloved MN sign language interpreter profiled on Today Show

Nic Zapka's work made her an internet celebrity last year.

White Bear Lake Area High School

White Bear Lake students hold walkout over racist social media comments

School officials are investigating the anonymous Instagram account.

Related