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Ra'Shede Hageman Gets "Good Vibes" from the Packers

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Ra'Shede Hageman Gets "Good Vibes" from the Packers

Minnesota defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman at the NFL Combine. Photo by Brian Carriveau of CheeseheadTV.com.

MADISON––Ra'Shede Hageman admitted he saw a few raised eyebrows when a player from rival Minnesota had the temerity to show up at Wisconsin's pro timing day on Wednesday, but he harbors no ill will.

College is over, says Hageman. He was at the Badgers pro day to show support for Wisconsin offensive lineman Ryan Groy, who––along with Hageman––is a client of Athletes First and certified contract advisor Joe Panos, a Wisconsin alum.

"Me and (Groy) have good chemistry together, because we trained out in Cali," said Hageman. "So I just got out here supporting him. We're probably going to get dinner later on and just kinda chill."

Both players have also recently been working out at NX Level sports performance facility in nearby Waukesha, Wis., an establishment that has gained publicity for training J.J. Watt and other NFL players.

With the Combine now in the rearview mirror, Hageman said the Green Bay Packers were one of 20 or 21 teams with whom he had a formal interview and came away feeling good about his meeting with the team in Titletown.

"Just good vibes all around," said Hageman. "Obviously they're somebody ... they're interested in. I just have to continue this process to my best ability. Obviously me and you don't know when I'll get drafted or what team I will, but I'm just trying to take full advantage of that."

With defensive linemen like B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett, Johnny Jolly and C.J. Wilson all just days away from reaching free agency, the Packers conceivably have a need for big bodies in the trenches and could look at a player like Hageman in the first round of May's NFL Draft.

"He's 6-6, he's over 300 pounds," said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. "He was a high school basketball player. He's got freakish athletic ability and if he puts up the kind of numbers I think he can, in addition to (Jadeveon) Clowney, we're going to be talking about him."

Hageman put up decent numbers at the NFL Combine, including 32 repetitions of 225 lbs. on the bench press that ranked among the top three defensive linemen.

The rest of Hageman's Combine measurables stacked up well amongst players of his size, such as his 40 time of 5.02 seconds, vertical jump of 36.5 inches and broad jump of 114 inches. All were good enough for Hageman to stand pat during his own pro day workout in Minnesota on Monday.

Hageman participated in only position drills at his pro day and from the feedback he's getting from NFL scouts and decision makers, he's feeling very good about his prospects of being selected in the first round.

"Yup, I'm most confident," said Hageman. "I'm definitely getting a lot of attention, a lot of phone calls. We're in the process of setting up individuals workouts with teams. I've got just good vibes all over, just about how good I did testing and obviously what teams look for. So I think overall, I definitely have no regrets about the whole pro day and the whole Combine."

The drills and the measurables might be uber-impressive for Hageman, but the other side of the equation is his sometimes inconsistent motor and sporadic college production.

"The Hageman kid is really interesting and especially given his background and where he's coming from and what he's had to go through in life, " said Mayock, "and I think the hard part is putting the tape on in one game, you see a kid that can go as a Top 15 pick and then you put the next tape on, and then he disappears for three quarters and that's a fifth or sixth round pick ."

As a senior, Hageman had 38 tackles, 13 for a loss and two sacks on his way to being named first-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media.

With the ability to line up anywhere from nose tackle to end, Hageman brings intriguing versatility to the table. But he has to show consistency to be anything more than an interior pass-rush specialist.

But if Hageman is able to put it all together, he could find himself going high in the draft. Maybe as high as the 21st overall selection.

Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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Bearmeat's picture

This sounds EXACTLY like the scouting report on Raji going into the 2010 draft. Pass. I'll take a guy that wants it all day long over a guy that has the God given skill but not the desire.

FITZCORE1252's picture

I was thinking the same thing. Also sounds a bit like the report on Worthy, as far as motor. @ 21, somebody's motor should not be in question, even a big fat fatty.

gary's picture

Bear your right on the money. Wants it with a mean streak.

4thand1's picture

Looks like a pussy.lol

lmills's picture

I'll take another Mike Daniels before another Raji. Undersized but tough and energetic.

stormin's picture

That would be Aaron Donald.

Stroh's picture

They want players that fit Capers 34 scheme. That means DE that are long and athletic and a NT that is stout and squat to take double teams. They aren't looking for more Daniels clones. They already have Daniels and Worthy that fit that role and they aren't switching to a 43 D. Get over it they aren't drafting Donald.

steven's picture

Yes..but i wish they would

TommyG's picture

Sounds just like Raji, who is one of many players we have to replace. TT will probably draft an OT with the 21st anyway.

HUMP's picture

run as fast as you can from this pick!!!with his abilities,he should have dominated and he didnt period! i know damn well aaron donald doesnt fit the tape measure for the 3-4 in titletown BUT......if you want the best player with best attitude pound for pound of any lineman in this draft,LOOK NO FURTHER!!Aaron Donald will be a multiple pro bowl preformer!!you want playmakers? sign Byrd and draft donald and watch the turnovers roll!!

ATS's picture

I don't get a good "vibe" from this dude.

Hank Scorpio's picture

Please, no more early picks on DL. LB needs to be the strength of a 3-4 and the Packers LB group is not up to the task. Outside or inside, they have not been getting the job done consistently enough.

The one exception would be grabbing a NT. 3-4 needs someone very good on the nose. And I'm not sure the Packers have one, even if Raji re-signs. But isn't Hageman strictly a DE prospect in a 3-4?

MarkinMadison's picture

I'm with you. And part of the beauty of drafting for the 3-4 is that there are usually few LB prospects that go in the top 15. So you can just about have your pick of the litter, even when drafting int the bottom half of the first round.

Drealyn Williams's picture

The strength of a 3-4 defense is the D-Line - not LBs.

Archie's picture

The article states that he can play all DL positions - is a basketball player i.e., athletic and versatile. Questionable motor. But you may be right about getting an impact LB. TT has been drafting DL forever and we still don't have any. Same can be said for LB except for 52. Maybe TT just can't draft the defensive side. I am sure of one thing - it's the player not the position. Hit on enough players and positions will take care of themselves. Hageman may be a risk because of the motor thing. I keep coming back to verrett as the only sure thing at 21 - he's sure to be there and he's sure to deliver. I like Donald but he won't be there. Also, he's a 4-3 type. The S don't seem to be R1 value to me. Same with Mosely. Mack may be the only other sure thing on defense but he will be long gone at 21. Lots of people like Barr too. I like Marcus Smith a lot but I think he's a trade-up in R2.

MarkinMadison's picture

A 5'9" cornerback is a safe bet? With Megatron in Detroit and the redwood twins down in Chicago? It't like drafting Terrell Buckley, but with taller receivers in the division now.

James C's picture

Hageman is a 2nd round talent that might go in the first round because of a weak D linemen draft class. The same goes for Nix from Notre Dame. I'd pass on both in the first round.

Greenville's picture

When I think about it the packers are gonna seriously have to think about switching up there deffense quite the 2 man fronts. I know the 3/4 requires a stout man blocker eatter's but this deffense has to seriously have some pass rush from the line. Daniels is a start but besides that we need pass rush from the line. I dont like the 2 down linemen, we need to go with a more traditional 3/4 hybrid with the guys that we have on this roster.

Brandon94's picture

To be honest, just because people don't like him... I want him. I'd rather have a Mosley but I wouldn't mind an athletic DE.

Zippy Joe's picture

James C, I agree with you. I am not at all impressed with Nix or Hageman. We can do better. I keep thinking of Justin Harrell. Why weren't they consistently fired up in college? To me they're just looking to get paid.

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