Hageman impresses scouts, coaches at Senior Bowl

Ra’Shede Hageman is projected to go as a first- or second-round selection.

Minnesota defensive lineman RaShede Hageman moves to tackle an Iowa player Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at TCF Bank Stadium.

Daily File Photo, Amanda Snyder

Minnesota defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman moves to tackle an Iowa player Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at TCF Bank Stadium.

by Jace Frederick

Ra’Shede Hageman dominating the gridiron is nothing new to Gophers fans — the monster defensive tackle did it consistently throughout his senior season.

Hageman got the chance to showcase his talents in front of dozens of NFL coaches and scouts at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last week.

And from the sounds of it, it was hard not to be impressed with the Gophers star.

Hageman started at defensive end for the North team in the 2014 Senior Bowl and recorded an assisted tackle
 in the game.

While he recorded only one assisted tackle in the actual game, numerous reporters and analysts gushed about Hageman as an impressive standout throughout the week of practices.

Hageman was a third-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten selection in his senior year with the Gophers.

He shuffled across the defensive line positions during his college career before settling in at defensive tackle.

In his final season with the team he had, by far, his most effective season. He recorded 38 tackles  — 13 for a loss — to go along with an impressive nine pass deflections.

Hageman presumably played end on Saturday so scouts could evaluate him as a pass rusher — the position he will likely play in the NFL.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. rated the 6-foot-6-inch, 311-pound defensive lineman as the sixth-best defensive tackle available in the 2014 NFL Draft.

A majority of mock drafts have him pegged as a first- or second-round draft pick.

Hageman will have more opportunities to boost his stock at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine in a few weeks and again at Minnesota’s Pro Day later this spring.