Posts Tagged ‘Ra’shede Hageman’

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Marc Sluis’ Final with a Look at Boom or Bust Prospects

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Troy Niklas has been compared to Rob Gronkowski but could he really join him in New England? (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

It’s finally here! After doing this another year you start to realize just how much of a crap shoot the whole mock draft thing is. You also realize that the speculation, prediction, rumors and smoke screens are loads of fun.

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2014 NFL Draft Close-Up: Minnesota Defensive Tackle Ra’Shede Hageman

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Ra’Shede Hageman’s story has ventured far beyond football. But on the field, the Minnesota defensive tackle has emerged as one of the top prospects in the 2014 NFL draft class. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

In the coming weeks and months leading up to the 2014 NFL draft, NEPatriotsDraft.com will profile college prospects that potentially fit the needs and draft seating of the New England Patriots. In this fifth installment, we will take a closer look at the film behind Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman.

What Ra’Shede Hageman has overcome in his 23 years far exceeds any cut or trap block.

The battles he’s overcome far exceed the game of football, as author and SBNation.com contributor John Rosengren illustrated in a moving piece this November.

Born Ra’Shede Knox on Aug. 8, 1990, his biological mother was an addict; his biological father passed on before he got to know him. He and his younger brother were placed in foster care four years later, while his older brother followed a different path. And after living in handfuls of homes, it wasn’t until 1998 that Ra’Shede finally found a permanent one with attorneys Eric Hageman and Jill Coyle.

Adoption wasn’t the end of his adversity, though. It wasn’t the end of his struggle to fit in. It was, however, a new starting point. Many hurdles have tested Hageman since then, but the past has failed to define him; it has only defined his strength.

And for the 6’6”, 311-pound defensive tackle, that strength has turned into force on the football field. (more…)


2014 NFL Draft: Friday Bowl Preview

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Minnesota and the athletic freak RaShede Hageman will take on Syracuse in the Texas Bowl on Friday. Hageman’s versatility and physical ability might intrigue Belichik and company (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

As we begin to put the holiday season in the rear view one phrase will help help us start the New Year with joy or at least get us through: playoff football. The NFL will crown a champion within the next few months and while the college football season ends with something more like a mix between an exhibition and pro tryout it can still be exciting. Especially if you are an NFL draft fan.

Here are the names to watch on Friday as we could be seeing much more of them on Sundays next year. (more…)


2013 NFL Draft: Potential Patriots in the Meineke Car Care Bowl

Friday, December 28th, 2012
MarQuies Gray Minnesota QB

MarQueis Gray might be a rare quarterback to tight end conversion project. (USA Today Sports Image)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The Meineke Car Care Bowl features one of the more versatile and dynamic prospects in the Big Ten not named Denard Robinson, and of the few teams from the Big 12 that cares to play defense.

Read on to see the top 2013 NFL Draft prospects from the Minnesota Gophers and the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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