Bob Labriola reports that Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman is among a few draft prospects visiting with the Steelers on Thursday.
- Labriola adds that UMass TE Rob Blanchflower and Rice CB Phillip Gaines are also meeting with Pittsburgh Thursday.
Previous reports have mentioned that Hageman has visited or worked out for the Falcons, Cardinals and Colts as well.
Hageman measured 6-foot-6 and weighed in at 318 pounds at this year’s Scouting Combine. He posted a 40-yard dash time of 5.02 seconds to go along with 32 reps on the bench press and a 35 1/2 inch vertical leap.
Hageman will be a very interesting player to watch in the draft given that there is talk that he could be taken anywhere from the mid-first to some point in the second round. He offers great size and could be versatile defensive lineman at the next level.
Some evaluators have pointed to Hageman’s lack of consistency as one of the big knocks against him. However, if a team can get him to live up to his potential, he could be a Pro Bowl caliber lineman for years to come.
We have Hageman falling to the Rams in the second-round of our recently updated 2014 NFL Mock Draft.