Ra’Shede Hageman became the first Minnesota Golden Gophers prospect to be drafted in the first two rounds since running back Laurence Maroney was taken in the first round in 2006 Friday. The former Minneapolis Washburn star was taken with the fifth pick of the second round (37th overall) by the Atlanta Falcons.
The Falcons announced on Twitter that Hageman will be listed as a defensive end. However, the website has him at defensive tackle.
Hageman has a good chance to be a rotational player at either position. He could be a disruptive inside pass rusher or a big body to hold the edge.
"I could not be more proud of Ra'Shede, as he has worked tremendously hard to get to this point," Jerry Kill said in a statement from the University of Minnesota. "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."