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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Cowboys Beef Up Defensive Line With First Pick

Our sister site,, has just released their latest NFL Mock Draft predictions for 2014. And in it, they have the Dallas Cowboys filling-in a vital missing piece for the Monte Kiffin defense. With the loss of All-Pro Jay Ratliff earlier this season and Jason Hatcher being in the final contract year with Dallas, the defensive tackle position appears to be a major need for the Cowboys going into 2014. Here’s what of NFL Mocks had to say about the Cowboys’ projected first round pick:

#20 – Dallas Cowboys – Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota

“Like the Bears, beefing up the defensive line is a major must for the Dallas Cowboys.  Ra’Shede Hageman is the next option at tackle and some might say is the better one given his ridiculous athleticism.  However, there are maturity issues that could become a problem and he’s also not polished as a pass rusher.  With that said, the Cowboys have an excellent defensive line coach in Rod Marinelli who would immediately take advantage of the many things Hageman can do, giving the Cowboys one of the critical pieces they will need to make the Monte Kiffin defense work properly.”

Walter Football ranks Hageman as the second best defensive tackle in the upcoming draft. Here’s their latest scouting report on the senior out of Minnesota:

“11/16/13: Thus far in 2013, Hageman has 29 tackles, nine tackles for a loss, seven passes broken up, one interception and two sacks. The senior has seen his share of double-teams this season, but he needs to become more consistent. There are times where Hageman looks unblockable with power and explosion. He has pass-rush ability and can take over games.”

I’m not sure a defensive tackle this early in the draft is the best choice. It is rare to hear of a first round defensive tackle selection who actually lives up to the hype. Dallas has found a diamond in the rough with free agent Nick Hayden. And I fully expect the team to re-sign Hatcher, if at all possible. I believe the Cowboys would be better suited drafting a safety, outside linebacker, or offensive guard in the first round over a defensive tackle.

You can see the rest of the first round mock by Erik here:

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  • Jimmy D

    My belief in football, when it comes to winning and losing are: kill the quarterback, stop the run, getting off the field on 3rd down/3rd down efficiency, creating turnovers and running the football on 3rd and short.
    The Cowboys issues this season is all of the above except for creating turnovers.
    If you stop the run, that pretty much means you’re probably going to control the line of scrimmage and make a team become one dimensional. If you kill the quarterback, that usually means a team is going to bring in an extra tight end to block & use their running back as a blocker.
    Either way, Dallas has to become great at either one of those aspects.
    This draft should be all about defensive ends & interior lineman who control the line of scrimmage. Guys who you can’t run on and allows you defensive ends to take over the game.

  • Old Frog

    Here we go again – DL; OL. How much better was the O line this year with Waters than without him? I vote for drafting another O lineman in the first round.

  • IBleedBlue

    You want Dallas to draft a Safety? In the first round?

    J.J. Wilcox has been pretty stellar as a rookie, when healthy. Matt Johnson, with all his promise and potential, is still on the roster. And even our also rans ::coughJeffHeathcough:: seem to be following the game-plan of Marinelli and Kiffin fairly well.

    But we should spend a first round selection on a Safety?

    ::scratches head::

  • Juanito Juanito

    kiffin sais that with tampa 2 doesnt need a superstars def backs, with good pass rush the dbs could be very good, and dallas need to be better in the lines

  • californy

    This team need so many player, I am for trading down and getting as much pick in round 2-4. Ware is almost done, Spencer is gone, Hatcher has a couple of years left, Miles is almost done, Water is almost done, Free is terrible, MO is not the answer. This team has 10 players worth over 94 million for next year, and that don’t include Miles cap hit of 6.95 Million dollars. WE need a QB to the future now that Tanney is gone. This defense is still 32 in the NFL, The offense is rated 22, The run games is in shambles . We almost need to do what the Raider did and cut our loses.

    The Raider have about 80 Million in Cap hits in 2013 and next year they are 80 million under the Cap.In a fantasy scenario, we can trade the 17th Pick down and get Pick 33, 48, 79,86, 107,115, ,129, 164, 165,185, 223, and the Lissemore pick. I would draft a DE,,OG, QB, OT, CB, S, LB, OG, DT, CB, FS, RB, DT. That 6 Player in the trenches and 8 player on defense