May 9, 2014
Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman is headed to Atlanta, as he was selected by the Falcons in the second round of the NFL Draft with the No. 37 overall pick. Hageman attended the draft in New York and was the fifth player taken in the second round.
Hageman is the highest Gopher to be selected since Laurence Maroney was taken in the first round with the 21st pick in 2006. He is the third highest Gopher to be drafted since 1991, behind Maroney and Willie Middlebrooks (24th overall in 2001).
Hageman, who was a first-team All-Big Ten and third-team Associated Press All-American selection, made 38 tackles (26 solo) as a senior and also notched 13 tackles-for-loss. He recorded two sacks, broke up eight passes, recorded one interception, recovered one fumble and blocked both a field goal and extra point in his final year at Minnesota.
Hageman, who was recruited to Minnesota as a tight end, played in 46 games during his career and registered 91 tackles (57 solo) and 24 tackles-for-loss. He also posted 10 sacks and broke up 11 passes.
The Atlanta Falcons visit TCF Bank Stadium, where the Minnesota Vikings will play for the next two seasons, on Sept. 28.
Quote From Minnesota Head Coach Jerry Kill
"I could not be more proud of Ra'Shede, as he has worked tremendously hard to get to this point. It is a special moment that he will never forget, and I am glad that his parents, his high school coach Giovan Jenkins and Rebecca and I were here to see it. This is not only a great moment for him, but also for our program, the University and the state of Minnesota. The Atlanta Falcons are not only getting a relentless football player, but also a college graduate. Atlanta is a great fit for Ra'Shede and his best years are still to come. I know he will continue to work hard every day to represent the Falcons, but also the Gophers, as he pursues his NFL dream."
Get To Know Ra'Shede Hageman
VIDEO: Giving back to the community
BIO: NFL Draft Page
USA Today: Profiled Hageman before the draft
Star Tribune: Headed to NYC with degree in hand
Star Tribune: Visited with Hageman prior to the season
Minnesota Alumni Magazine: Ra'Shede's Time
DL Coach Phelps on Hageman
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