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With an NFL-ready physique and impressive athleticism, Hageman is more than capable of helping a team immediately, though he carries some question marks with him. He recorded 38 tackles - 13 for a loss - as a senior for Minnesota en route to being named a third-team All-American, completing his transformation from a standout high school tight end into a defensive difference-maker in the Big Ten. Hageman possesses tremendous athleticism for his size. He blocked two kicks in 2013 and recorded a 35 1/2-inch vertical leap at the combine. Hageman was also one of this year's top performers in the bench press, completing 32 reps. However, Hageman's game film doesn't show the dominant force one might expect given his eye-catching measurables. His pass rush technique could use some refining as he tallied just two sacks last season after totaling six as a junior. Some scouts believe he may have trouble adapting to more complex defensive schemes and a suspension for academic issues in 2010 could be a red flag. Another knock is his age - Hageman will be 24 years old by the time the 2014 season begins. But for all of those criticisms, none will likely prove as difficult to overcome or silence compared to the adversity he's already faced. Hageman experienced a difficult childhood, spending time in and out of foster care because of a mother who served time in prison while struggling with drug abuse. He has a chance to become the first Golden Gopher selected in the first round since New England selected Laurence Maroney 21st overall in 2006.