The main attraction was Ra'Shede Hageman, the 6-foot-6, 315-pound defensive lineman who would be a prime candidate for the Packers if he's on the board with the 21st pick of the first round.
"You could tell the athletic quickness, the size. Everything is there,'' Vikings GM Rick Spielman told the Pioneer Press. "At times, he just took over games."
Hageman rested on his strong numbers from the Scouting Combine, where he ran a 5.02 in the 40-yard dash, posted a 35.5-inch vertical jump and put up 32 reps on the 225-pound bench press. His focus was on position drills, where the former tight end and basketball star has rare athleticism.
"Obviously, when the coaches came, they wanted to see me do drills, see how my footwork is and just my technique or whatever," Hageman told USA Today.. "So, I felt like it was a good move for me. I feel like I put a good amount of numbers just to stand out at the Combine."
With more than two months of the draft, Hageman will work out with former Wisconsin star and Houston All-Pro J.J. Watt. In the interim, Hageman will focus on his diet so he can enter the NFL in the best possible shape.
"I've been eating a lot of green food. That's not really my most favorite thing to do, but it's going to benefit me and work out in the long run," Hageman said.
The Gophers' other draft-worthy prospect is fast-rising safety Brock Vereen (6-0, 199). He stuck with his Combine numbers, as well, with his 4.47 in the 40 and 25 reps on the bench being the best among this year's safeties. His 40 time was one-tenth of a second faster than HaHa Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor, who are considered the top safeties in the draft. Vereen, the brother of Patriots running back Shane Vereen, was all-Big Ten on the field and in the classroom. He had four interceptions in his three years as a starter.
"His versatility to play safety" is what stands out to Spielman. "You've seen him play some nickel and, at the end of the season, play some corner, and just how smart he is and aware he is when you watch some tape on him. ... Then he goes to the Combine and blows out the 40. That really opened a lot of people's eyes."
The other intriguing prospect was Concordia-St. Paul's Zach Moore (6-6, 269), who finished ninth in Division II history with 33 career sacks. Moore also stuck with his Combine numbers — 4.84 in the 40, 33.5-inch vertical and 23 reps on the bench. He's probably best suited to play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme, but he worked out at linebacker at the Combine.
The prized player is Aaron Donald, who dominated at the Senior Bowl and then lit up the Combine with a 4.68 in the 40 and 35 reps on the bench. During an award-winning senior season, Donald totaled 59 tackles, 28.5 tackles for losses, 11 sacks, 16 quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles and a blocked extra point. On a per-game basis, Donald led the nation in TFLs and was 13th in sacks. Donald, who projects as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme, stuck with position workouts on Tuesday.
From Green Bay's perspective, quarterback Tom Savage might be the player to remember. Coach Mike McCarthy, a Pittsburgh native, said at the Combine that he'd like to add a fourth quarterback. Savage, who opened his career at Rutgers and then transferred to Arizona before spending his senior season at Pitt, has one of the best arms in the draft.
Receiver Devin Street (6-3, 198) ran 4.55 in the 40 with a three-cone time of 6.89 seconds at the Combine. He improved to 4.46 with a three-cone in the 6.6s, according to a source.
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