The Atlanta Falcons selected Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman with their second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the 37th overall selection.
Hageman helps beef up the Falcons defensive line, a noted goal of the team this offseason. At 6’6″ 310 pounds, Hageman is a massive upgrade to potentially play inside and outside in the Falcons hybrid defensive scheme. Hageman played under the Falcons coaching staff for the North squad during the Senior Bowl all-star game in January. At February’s Scouting Combine, he ran a 5.02-second 40-yard dash and did an impressive 32 bench reps of 225 pounds. He also had a 35.5-inch vertical jump.
Hageman had a couple of issues during his career at Minnesota, being suspended four games at the end of his sophomore season for academic reasons. He was also arrested during the course of breaking up a bar fight the following year, but the charges were dropped. He would assume a starting job that season and record 35 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. As a senior, he had 38 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and two sacks as he earned captain honors. He also had an interception and a pair of blocked kicks.