Corbin Smith

Seahawks Draft Central- Ra'Shede Hageman, DT Minnesota

Created on Apr. 11, 2014 10:01 PM EST



2013 STATS: 38 TKL, 2.0 SACKS, 13.0 TFL

STRENGTHS: Hageman is a physically imposing defensive lineman that stands a towering 6'6 and has the build of a modern offensive lineman. He possesses elite strength that allows him to bulldoze opposing offensive linemen deep into the opposing backfield and accelerates quickly for a man of his stature. These traits helped him produce 13 tackles for loss during his senior year at Minnesota. He ran the 40 yard dash in 5.02 seconds, which is pretty fast for a 300+ pound defensive tackle. His athleticism should allow him to provide versatility for whichever team drafts him, but he's still be suited as a fixture in the interior of the defensive line.

WEAKNESSES: Like many prospects in this draft, drafting the uber-talented Hageman presents plenty of risk. He's a first round caliber player with impressive physical tools who also has struggled at times with consistency. Interior linemen aren't expected to make many sacks, but it's somewhat concerning he only had 2.0 sacks as a senior for the Golden Gophers. While Hageman made plenty of big plays stuffing the run, his slow reaction time finding the football has stood out on film on numerous occasions. He will blow up the lineman across from him and run right past the ball carrier, over-pursuing at times and hurting his team in the process. Some scouts are also concerned about his motor and conditioning, as his speed chasing down ball carriers often times looked pedestrian.

WHERE HE FITS: Even though he's entering the league after playing a lot of snaps in college, Hageman will need time to develop into a starting defensive tackle in the National Football League. Being under the tutelage of players like Brandon Mebane would be greatly beneficial for him as he transitioned to the next level and he wouldn't be forced to play a ton of snaps early. Progress from players like Jesse Williams will play a role in whether or not Seattle wants to invest a high draft pick at the tackle position, but the team needs reinforcements behind Mebane and Tony McDaniel. Look for the Seahawks to draft an interior defensive lineman at some point, though the team appears to have more urgent needs to address early in the draft. If that's the case, Hageman won't be available and the team will need to look at other lesser-known prospects.
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