Gophers' Hageman Impresses at NFL Combine
Posted by Brent Lee on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:00 AM By Brent Lee / February 27, 2014 Comment
profile describes him as a "classic boom-or-bust prospect," going on to point out his strengths:
"Able to redirect and chase athletically. Fierce tackler. Rare leaping ability for his size (workout all-star). Disrupts passing lanes. Has a "wow" factor at his best. Has immense upside. Team captain.”And weaknesses:
"Wide gap between physical ability and performance on tape. Green eyes, instincts and understanding of blocking schemes. Motor idles. Too often lets his pads rise and exposes his frame. Does not play to his length. On skates vs. double teams. Hand use needs work. Unsophisticated counters and pass-rush moves. Aimless pass rusher in need of a plan."If you are not familiar with Hageman’s story, it’s worth looking into. And if you’re not already a fan, you might become one by learning about what he has overcome to make it this far. John Rosengren wrote this piece for SBNation last November profiling Hageman — it's very good and worth a read. Read the lead of the piece and consider how far Ra’Shede has come:
“He was born on fourth-and-long. Mom drank when she was pregnant with him. Traded sex for drugs while he was in diapers. State authorities dragged him out of a crack house closet when he was 4 years old. Threw Mom in prison. Dad? Dead before the kid met him."He's a young man whose beaten long odds and he's on the verge of earning an opportunity that every kid grows up dreaming about, and after his performance at the Combine this past Monday, Ra’shede Hageman appears to have cemented his status as a first round pick. It's a great story that I hope continues, and I think it will.