The 2014 NFL Draft is just hours away and it’s time to really dive into the players that the KC Chiefs actually have a shot at landing with the 23rd overall pick. While many seem to think that the Chiefs will focus on offense by drafting a wide receiver, Kansas City could certainly use some help on the defensive side of the ball as well. Perhaps the Chiefs will look to Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman to fill that hole on defense.
Hageman played at Minnesota for four seasons. He had 91 tackles, 10 sacks, 10 defended passes, two forced fumbles, and one interception during his tenure as a Gopher (Source: Sports Reference).
During the first ever live mock draft on ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay projected that the New England Patriots would select Hageman with the 29th overall pick. McShay predicted that the Chiefs would draft Marqise Lee at pick 23. While wide receiver is a need for Kansas City, I still wouldn’t be shocked if they went with a defensive pick. Hageman could do extremely well in Bob Sutton’s defense.
Ra’Shede Hageman Combine Results
40-yard dash – 5.02 seconds
Bench press – 32 reps*
Vertical jump – 35.5 inch
Broad jump – 114.0 inch
3-cone drill – 7.87 seconds
20-yard shuttle – 4.50 seconds
* = Combine top performer
(Courtesy of NFL.com)
Hageman originally played tight end before his college days and also has a basketball background. Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com says that Hageman is a typical “boom or bust prospect”. The Chiefs drafted a similar type of player in the first round in 2012 in Dontari Poe, who has turned out to be a dominating force for Kansas City.
“Long and well-proportioned. Intriguing height-weight-speed ratio and natural athleticism. Flashes the ability explode off the ball, jolt blockers and disrupt the backfield. Terrific movement, flexibility and range. Loose ankles. Can work the edges. Able to redirect and chase athletically. Fierce tackler.” – Hageman’s strengths according to Nawrocki
With all of the defensive veterans in Kansas City, Hageman could learn a lot and become a stellar defensive tackle. Is he worth the risk though?
“Minimal, inflated sack production. Still learning to convert speed to power. Does not dominate single blocking. Needs more glass in his diet. Could require simple assignments. Motivation and coachability should be examined more closely. Will be 24-year-old rookie. Has a glaring bust factor.” – Hageman’s weaknesses according to Nawrocki
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