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2014 NFL Draft: DT Ra'Shede Hageman Drafted By Falcons With 37th Pick In 2nd Round

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Hageman didn't stay on the board long, as Atlanta drafted him with the 5th pick (37th overall) of Friday's second round.

It wasn't the first round selection that we were all hoping for, but the size, talent, and potential of Ra'Shede Hageman was too strong for him to remain undrafted for long on day 2. With the 37th pick in the second round, the Atlanta Falcons selected Shede to beef up their defensive line.

Shede's ability to overpower his opponents put NFL on notice. While concerns have been raised about his technique and consistency, there was no question that his upside and measurables would make him hard to pass up for long.



Gms Plyd/
Started
Tackles TFL Sack INT PD FF
2013 13/13 38 13 2 1 8 0
2012 13/13 35 7.5 6 0 2 1
2011 12/0 13 3.5 2 0 0 1
2010 8/0 5 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 47/36 91 24 10 1 10 2

The Falcoholic, SB Nation's Falcon's site, is pleased with the pick:

Hageman is, in my humble opinion, a deeply worthwhile pick at this point. A projected late first rounder, Hageman has terrific size and strength and the kind of pass rushing chops that are rare in a defensive tackle.

I cannot tell you how excited I am for Shede! He's worked really hard over the years to get where he is and I'm excited for him to get the chance to make an impact in the NFL for Atlanta.

HATS OFF TO HAGEMAN!