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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN - It's been just over two months since the Gophers last took the field to square off against the Syracuse Orangemen in the Texas Bowl. After the bowl game, players went their own way with many returning to school and some of the senior class heading home to spend time with family. For senior defensive end Ra'Shede Hageman it was back to work in preparation for the 2014 NFL Draft in May.
As it stands now, Hageman is projected to be selected anywhere from the back end of the first round and into the early part of the second round. Monday morning at the Minnesota Golden Gophers' Pro Day, it was all eyes on Ra'Shede as representatives from nearly twenty teams on hand to scout the talent.
"It was just another day in the office," Ra'Shede told reporters after his workouts concluded. "It's the drills I've done before, now I'm just trying to showcase my talent."
When Hageman and the rest of the d-line prospects were running through positional drills, representatives from all the teams on hand made time to head over and watch (see photo above, Hageman in bright blue). The drills themselves were run by the Vikings defensive line coaches Andre Patterson and Robb Akey as head coach Mike Zimmer was very hands on while observing from the side.
Hageman has spent the past few weeks working out in Milwaukee, WI at NX Level side by side with J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans. With another two months of waiting between now and the NFL Draft, Hageman plans to continue his drive and focus much the same as he was leading up to the Combine and today's Pro Day.
"Now I just wait for another phone call to get individual workouts," Hageman said. "I'm just trying to barricade myself in my room just play video games and just workout. Kind of stay out of the public, focus on the main goal and continue working out."
Other Pro Day Notes:
Hageman & Vereen Only Run Position Drills:
After turning some heads at the NFL Scouting Combine, both Ra'Shede Hageman and Brock Vereen opted to only run position drills skipping the forty-yard dash, vertical jump and bench press. Both players mentioned that they were happy with their results from the Combine and were performing drills today to further impress the scouts and coaches on hand.
Roland Johnson Benches 40 reps at 225lbs:
Gophers defensive lineman Roland Johnson turned heads early in the morning after word quickly circulated that he had benched the standard 225lbs an impressive 40 times including 30 reps in the first 17 seconds. 40 reps would have been the best for defensive linemen at last month's NFL Combine.
Concordia St. Paul's Zach Moore attempting to become first Golden Bear drafted into the NFL:
With 7 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss with Concordia this season, Moore was one of only nine Division II players invited to the Combine this year but still has a lot to prove before the drat. "I wanted to prove I could be a 3-4 lineman a 4-3 lineman and everything," Moore said. "It would be something bigger than me [to be the first drafted from Concordia]. All my teammates, it would definitely open the door for them but for the program to show NFL teams that there are good players everywhere."
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