Even the teams that win the Super Bowl have issues to address. Just ask the Seattle Seahawks, who lost several veteran players via free agency and cap-casualty releases. Danny Kelly of Field Gulls is here to replace one such player: defensive lineman Red Bryant, who is now a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
|32. Seahawks||Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota||DT||6'6||310||SR|
"Hageman is perhaps the best example of a ‘boom or bust’ pick in this year’s first round in that he can be dominating and fierce at times and then disappear or play too high at others. John Schneider and Pete Carroll haven’t been afraid to take high-ceiling players in the past, have taken chances on players based on ‘what they can do’ over what areas they’re deficient in, and that describes this pick all the way.
Hageman would be, potentially, a great replacement for the recently departed Red Bryant. Able to play outside at the strongside end on run downs in Seattle’s somewhat unique 4-3 defense, he could kick inside on passing downs to rush the passer and shoot gaps from the 3-technique spot. Longtime defensive line coach and current defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was the one who originally moved Red Bryant around from the inside out, and he and Pete Carroll would have a plan in place to get the most out of Hageman’s unparalleled size, length and athleticism combo in Seattle’s rotation. Quinn and Carroll love players with unique traits, and there are very few players in this year’s draft who compare to Hageman, physically."
Dan Kadar, our inspiring NFL Draft analyst, has some thoughts and opinions to share on the Seahawks' mock draft pick of Hageman:
Certainly if there is a defense that could get the most out of Hageman's potential, it is Seattle's. There were times last season at Minnesota where Hageman looked like his best fit was playing outside as a five technique. But at others, like at the Senior Bowl, he was effective playing inside. To use him in a variety roles may be the smart play. Hageman wins with his quickness. Moving him around will allow Hageman to use rely on his speed all over the line. With the best offensive linemen off the board, Hageman is a crafty choice for Seattle.
With that, Round 1 of the 2014 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft has reached its conclusion. Dan will be recapping everything that has transpired thus far, and we'll roll right into the second round today with picks from the Houston Texans and the Washington Redskins.
|12||Louis Nix||DT||Notre Dame||6'2||326|
|26||Jimmie Ward||S||Northern Illinois||5'11||193|
|29||Stephon Tuitt||DE||Notre Dame||6'5||304|
|33||Timmy Jernigan||DT||Florida State||6'2||298|
|1||32||Seattle Seahawks||Ra'Shede Hageman||DT||Minnesota|