We are still seven weeks away from the 2014 NFL Draft in May, but we are neck deep in mock drafts across the network. In NFL Spinzone’s latest mock, the Dallas Cowboys decide to select a defensive tackle despite having signed free agent gem Henry Melton. And despite the fact many draft boards number one option at that position, Aaron Donald, was already taken. Here’s their pick and explanation:
“In his first three seasons at Minnesota, Ra’Shede Hageman recorded 53 combined tackles, 11 tackles for loss and eight sacks. His season season, however, is where Hageman would get a chance to really prove himself to the NFL and NCAA. In his senior season at U of M as the 6’6″, 318-pound Hageman recorded 13.0 tackles for loss, 38 total tackles and two punt blocks for the Golden Gophers. When looking at the game tape from Hageman’s last game as a Minnesota Golden Gopher, you can obviously see Hageman’s patented bull-rush technique work in certain occasions. Because of Hageman’s presence in the middle of the field, runners are forced to go to the outside many of times and get stopped for minimal gain. Dallas without the services of DeMarcus Ware would love to have Hageman on their sidelines.”
The talk about Hageman has died down a lot since many mocks started back in January. Some even now have him dropping out of the first round. Pittsburgh’s Donald and Florida State’s Timmy Jernigan seem to be the defensive tackle flavor of the month in the Cowboys blogosphere. And with the signing of Melton, many believe Dallas would be better served looking elsewhere with their first pick. Other players available to the Cowboys during this mock were wideout Mike Evans, guard Zach Martin, linebacker C.J. Mosley and the aforementioned Jernigan. Any of these picks just might be a better option than Hageman, whom many believe could be had in the second round.