Ravens draft primer: Ra'Shede Hageman

April, 24, 2014
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With 14 days until the NFL draft begins, here is another potential draft prospect for the Baltimore Ravens:

RA'SHEDE HAGEMAN

Position: Defensive tackle

School: Minnesota

Height/weight: 6-foot-5, 310

Round projection: First or second

File this away: An athletic freak, Hageman said he can do a windmill dunk and jumped 36 inches when Minnesota officials tested him. In comparison, no defensive tackle at this year's NFL combine jumped higher than 33 inches.

Good: Hageman may have the best upside of any defensive lineman in this draft not named Jadeveon Clowney. He's a bully in the middle with the combination of size and power that teams covet for their anchors inside. His broad shoulders and long arms makes him physically imposing. Hageman is explosive off the snap and can be overpowering at times. His leaping ability shows up when knocking down passes at the line.

Bad: He's extremely raw. Hageman passes the eyeball test, but he doesn't show up enough on tape. The reason for his lack of plays is below-average awareness and inconsistent motor (he gives up too easily). For that reason, he has bust potential. He's older than most rookies at 24 years old.

Bottom line: The Ravens typically weigh performance on the field more than workout numbers. That's why it would be surprising to see the Ravens take Hageman in the first round, whether it's at No. 17 or trading back to the bottom of the first round. Where it'll get interesting is if Hageman is there in the second round when the Ravens are on the clock. The Ravens have a lot of faith in defensive line coach Clarence Brooks' ability to develop linemen, and this is why Hageman is a potential target at that point in the draft.

What Hageman said: "I definitely use my basketball skills when it comes to playing football. I feel like me being athletic definitely helped me get to where I am. But I feel like in the NFL, everyone is athletic. So, I definitely have to kind of stay to my fundamentals to get better."

Here is a recap of the prospects already profiled:

Quarterback: Jimmy Garoppolo.

Running back: Carlos Hyde.

Wide receiver: Mike Evans, Kelvin Benjamin, Martavis Bryant.

Tight end: Jace Amaro, Eric Ebron.

Offensive line: Joel Bitonio.

Defensive tackle: Dominique Easley, Timmy Jernigan.

Cornerback: Bashuad Breeland.

Safety: Terrence Brooks, Deone Bucannon, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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