Add Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman to the list of potential draft targets for the Dallas Cowboys.
At 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds, Hageman would lend some serious size to the Dallas defensive front, and he’s not lacking in the athleticism department, either. He tied for third in his position group by putting up 32 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and recorded a 35.5 inch vertical leap. Beyond that, his long arms (34 1/4 inches) likely have visions of swatted passes dancing in scouts’ heads.
That said, the projected late first rounder is no sure thing. On his NFL.com profile, Hageman is described as having “a glaring bust factor,” thanks in part to a seeming disconnect between his athleticism and his on-field production.
“A raw, converted tight end with a basketball background, Hageman is a big, athletic, finesse three-technique with intriguing dimensions and movement skills who fits best in an aggressive, one-gap scheme where he could fire into gaps,” Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com writes. “Will probably be restricted to nickel pass-rush duty initially until the game slows down for him, but has impact potential if he ever figures it out. Is still maturing, having endured a harrowing childhood to get to where he is today, and would be best served landing in a structured environment with veteran mentorship. Classic boom-or-bust prospect.”
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