A couple of days ago Pat Kirwan, NFL insider over at CBS Sports, released another mock draft. In this version Kirwan has the Past going with former Minnesota defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman.
Some feel Hageman has fallen out of the first round but Bill Belichick has a long history of taking big defensive linemen in the first round. Hageman’s motor may run hot and cold but at 6-feet-6 and 320 pounds it’s worth a shot for a team with an old front.
One of the biggest needs for New England heading into this draft is adding talent to the defensive line. And while Hageman has talent, there are a lot of people that think he has “bust” written all over him. As Kirwan mentions, Hageman doesn’t always give a full 100% effort on the field, which is something that Bill Belichick will not tolerate. If selected by the Pats, I guarantee Hageman would either be straightened out, or simply let go (not literally let go, but in terms of playing time, depth chart position, etc.).
I personally think that Bill Belichick and company should go with a tight end in the first round, but looking to address the front seven is a fine idea as well.