Updated: 04/26/2013 9:42 AM KSTP.com By: Todd Wilson
Ra'shede Hageman will eventually be playing on Sunday, but Thursday night he was looking forward to watching the 2013 NFL draft.
At 6'6" and 311 pounds, Hageman is the Gophers' one true draft prospect. But instead of heading to the pros, he decided to finish out his college career.
"I'm obviously going to be jealous because of the fact I had that chance," Hageman said.
Hageman says his decision was solely based on two things: improving his game and getting his degree.
"My parents pretty much said, I need to graduate. That's the most important thing because I can break my leg tomorrow and I'll have a degree under my belt," Hageman said.
When it comes to his game, he says he simply needed another year.
"To build my game up. I felt like I wasn't ready to go to the draft. I wanted to be fundamentally sound," Hageman said.
Nate Sandell works for 1500 ESPN radio. He says Hageman sitting out this year's draft was a smart move. Sandell says it gives him a chance to mature as a defensive tackle.
"His first year really at the position and since then he's developed into a complete player, this guy is a beast," Sandel said.
So what about all the money Hageman passed up to stay in school, he's philosophical about it.
"As I look forward and understand that me staying back one more year can make me have more millions," Hageman said.