2014 NFL Draft: DT RaShede Hageman Selected By Atlanta Falcons

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Ra’Shede Hageman – DT Minnesota, 6’6″, 310 LBS, 34 1/4″ Arm Length

Drafted Round 2, Pick 5, Atlanta Falcons

Combine Results: 5.02 Forty | 35.5″ Vertical Jump | 114″ Broad Jump

  • Name Team MVP in 2013
  • Was team captain in 2013

NFL Impact: Hageman is a raw talent coming off a full season at defensive tackle, leading the team in tackles for a loss and being named team MVP. He possess the ideal size to be a productive run stopper in the NFL. He shows signs of burst off the line and disrupting the backfield, although not on a consistent basis. His basketball background explains his impressive quickness and athleticism for his size, which allows him to play with power and agility.

The same tools that make Hageman a tantalizing talent also make him a bit of a project, as he has difficulty reading blocking schemes at the line of scrimmage and oftentimes keeps his pads too exposed, making him easy to block. Although Hageman has a great motor to get to the ball, he also has moments of inconsistency and can be taken out of a game at times.

Fantasy Impact: Hageman should see the field pretty early in the season on nickel downs when reading the offensive line isn’t required quite as much. He will show good burst and disruption on passing downs and so long as he brings a great work ethic, he should be a valuable contributor in a year or two for this front seven.

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Ziad Dahdul, PT, DPT

Ziad graduated from the University of Southern California with a doctorate in Physical Therapy. An avid Fantasy Football enthusiast, he brings with him a desire to introduce sports medicine to the reader and help better explain what to expect on the injury side of things. Follow Ziad on Twitter (z_dahdul) for breaking injury news and analysis

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