NEW YORK -- It makes sense that, if you were an offensive lineman, you wouldn't necessarily be thrilled to see 6-foot-6, 310-pound defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman lining up across from you. Luckily for the offensive front of the Falcons, that won't be an issue, because, with the No. 37 pick overall in the second round, Atlanta drafted Hageman.
While Hageman, out of Minnesota, is considered a little raw, the Falcons hope he can more than make up for it with his measurements and with his raw power (he bench-pressed 225 pounds 32 times at the combine).
As NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang wrote, "Hageman's physical tools are exciting and his rise from a tough childhood is inspirational, but best of all is his DL versatility. Hagemen looks more like a modern day offensive tackle, possessing broad shoulders, long arms and a relatively trim waist. He remains a bit raw but possesses first round traits."
CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco was a little wary of the selection.
The Falcons wanted to get bigger on the line. This is feast or famine pick. He could be a star like Seymour. GRADE: B http://t.co/KPxAyHqyNs— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) May 9, 2014
Hageman, though, seemed a little more enthusiastic.
Atlanta here I come!!!!!!!!!— Rashede Hageman (@Rashedehageman) May 9, 2014