Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. released the third version of his mock draft a couple of weeks ago, and with the hectic pace of free agency, I never got around to analyzing it.
Kiper has the Pats taking defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman, which is probably a good pick in light of this whole Vince Wilfork situation. If New England decides to cut Wilfork, there will be a huge whole in the middle of that defense, and while Hageman best trait isn’t his run stopping ability, he certainly has enough talent to help out what would be a depleted defensive tackle group.
STRENGTHS: Alternately lining up over the nose or as a three-technique, Hageman consistently pushes his counterparts deep into the backfield, demonstrating rare upfield burst for a man of his size, as well as impressive strength. A brute in the middle, combining excellent size and power to push blockers deep into the pocket.
WEAKNESSES: At times struggles to locate the football quickly, can appear a bit stiff changing directions and shows just average speed and determination in pursuit, despite being subbed often. Had two potential big tackles for losses negated by facemask penalties against Minnesota in 2013.