The more mock drafts I look at, the more and more Ra’Shede Hageman’s name pops up at the bottom of the first round. It’s with good reason too, because in his past two seasons the defensive tackle from Minnesota has posted an impressive stat line which includes 46 solo takles, 20.5 tackles for loss, 11 passes defended, and eight sacks.
He is known as a versatile defensive lineman that could work best in as a 5-technique — or a defensive end in the 3-4 defense.
He’s still a bit raw and has a first round grade based on potential, but when a guy draws comparisons to J.J. Watt and Justin Smith you pay attention. Those comparisons may even be warranted too because there’s the possibility that he could be the next anchor for the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive line for years to come.
Hageman also has a great combination of size and power, and that in conjunction with his speed is why many thing he has that great potential.
One of his biggest weaknesses is that he gets to high at the point of attack. Not only that, he can be quite inconsistent, something that most teams don’t want to see in a first-round draft pick. Also, while he projects to be a 5-technique, he hasn’t had much time playing there and instead played further inside for most of his career.
Hageman would definitely be a great fit for the San Francisco 49ers, but with bigger, more glaring needs I hope they find somewhere else to go. Still, if they have to “settle” for him at 30 I can’t be mad considering he can become the future anchor of this defense.
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And for those who missed them, here are some other breakdowns of Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller and TCU CB Jason Verrett. Or mosey on over to our coverage about the Raiders prospects which includes Clemson WR Sammy Watkins and Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel.