Round 1 – Ra’Shede Hageman DT, Minnesota (6-6, 311)
Regardless of how the coin flip with the Ravens turns out, Dallas will be in position to address the greatest area of need, at least based on bodies. There’s no denying that defensive tackle is a real sore spot following years of weak personnel in the 3-4 scheme and also heading into 2014 with Jay Ratliff no longer in the picture.
Ra’Shede Hageman of Minnesota would be a huge step in the right direction for Dallas. Hageman might offer the best combination of size and athleticism of any defensive tackle—and this is a rather deep draft for interior defensive lineman.
This senior didn’t duplicate his numbers from 2012 last season but it was quite clear that he commanded the lion’s share of attention from opposing offenses. This is not likely to continue in Dallas since a guy named DeMarcus Ware, at least when healthy, also requires extra attention.
Hageman is a tackle that reminds me of defensive assistant coach Leon Lett, a former Pro Bowl defender for the Cowboys back in the 1990s. Lett was often considered unblockable by just one offensive lineman and Hageman is actually bigger than Lett ever was.
Is it possible that Hageman could play defensive end as well?
It would be in Dallas’ best interest to find out following the selection of Hageman in the first round.