Cowboys 2014 NFL Draft: Mike Mayock's Top Five Defensive Tackles

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4. Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota

Aug 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman.

Height: 6’6  Weight: 318 lbs. 40 Time: 4.89  Round Projection: 1st or 2nd

Player Analysis: Hageman has a prototypical NFL build that may remind some Cowboys fans of Ed “Too Tall” Jones. He combines his unusual length and strength to push offensive lineman into the backfield, excelling at the bull rush. Where Hageman may struggle is on the mental aspects of the game, such as committing needless penalties. But it is his rare physical combination that should make him a difficult one-on-one matchup in the NFL. I’d also expect a lot of batted balls on Hageman’s side of the line of scrimmage.

Cowboys Analysis: Hageman has been a very popular prospect amongst members of CowboyNation, as of late. He certainly fits the physical bill, but somehow gets pushed around by offensive lineman a little too often. Still Hageman’s versatility to play both the 4-3 or the 3-4, his high motor, and his outstanding performance during Senior Bowl practices make him an intriguing prospect.

Rob Rang of ranked Hageman as the 30th best overall player in this year’s draft. Here’s what Rang had to say about the Minnesota alum:

“Just as he did at times during his career with the Golden Gophers, Hagemen flashed a dominant combination of size, strength and athleticism at the Senior Bowl. Scouts wish he was more consistent but given his position and scheme versatility, Hageman is a first-round gamble worth taking.”

Despite any shortcomings, I’m confident many fans will be satisfied if Hageman becomes the Cowboys number one pick in 2014.

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