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Cowboys look at draft prospect Hageman

. Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman said the Dallas Cowboys, like every team, asked him about character questions. In high school and college, Hageman had a reputation for angry outbursts.

“That’s just part of the resume,” he said. “They ask what type of character you are on and off the field. They obviously check your background to see if that’s consistent. I definitely had my flaws when I was younger, but I feel like I definitely matured to get where I am.”

Asked if the Cowboys interviewed him, he said, “I’ve talked to the Cowboys. I feel like we talked it out. But at the end of the day, I’m down with any team. I want to win and so does any team that chooses me.”

The Cowboys will have the 16th or 17th overall pick in the May NFL Draft depending on the outcome of a coin flip with Baltimore.

The Senior Bowl is Saturday.

Cousin vs. Cowboys

Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt, who set an SEC record for catches in a season, is a cousin of Jerry Rice.

He said before games, he gets himself ready to play by watching YouTube highlights of his Hall of Fame relative.

“You can find all sorts of clips, almost full games of him playing the Cowboys and stuff,” Matthews said. “I just watch his demeanor throughout the game, his intangibles – stuff like that.”

Romo connection

Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garappalo said it does not take long to realize Tony Romo came out of his school.

“That’s kind of Eastern’s claim to fame, that Romo went there,” he said. “There’s a huge shrine of him all over the school. It’s a great connection to have.”

Garappalo, the MVP of the East-West Shrine game, was a late addition to the Senior Bowl roster.

Bryant connection

Texas receiver Mike Davis said Dez Bryant’s adviser, David Wells, has also taken him under his wing as he has gotten ready for the NFL.

“He’s a guy I talk to a lot,” Davis said. “I go over there and talk to him and Dez all the time.”

Adams, from Dallas Skyline, led the Longhorns in receiving this year and left as the school’s fourth-ranked receiver in catches and yards. He got praise as one of the best receivers at the Senior Bowl behind Jordan Matthews.