New England Patriots: Ra'Shede Hageman

Picked-up Patriots pieces

March, 19, 2014
Mar 19
Some picked-up Patriots pieces that catch the eye ...

Take a number, please. Free-agent signee Brandon LaFell had some fun on Twitter, telling his followers that he would be choosing between jersey number 10 and 19. When we think of No. 10, Jabar Gaffney is the most successful receiver of late to come to mind in New England. Austin Collie most recently donned the number. As for No. 19, my first thought was punter Tom Tupa (1996-98). Brandon Tate (2009 third rounder) was the last receiver to wear it consistently. Two hours after his initial tweet, LaFell decided on 19, which all in all, was a neat way to engage his followers on a topic (jersey numbers) that probably interests us more than most.

Snapshots with Vollmer and Edelman. Recovering Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer was all smiles at the Ed Block Courage Award dinner, while receiver Julian Edelman took us behind the scenes as he signed his contract (and still represents his alma mater, Kent State).

Revis and cornerback stats. Neil Paine, writing on, looks closer at cornerback Darrelle Revis and the challenge of quantifying cornerback stats.

Give this free-agent class a B-plus. Pete Prisco, an NFL columnist for, is handing out grades to teams for their free-agency moves. He gives the Patriots a B-plus, same mark he gives the Broncos. The Buccaneers get his only straight A.

X's & O's on Revis and Browner. Matt Bowen of Bleacher Report thinks safety Devin McCourty will quickly come to appreciate free-agent signees Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, and gets deep into the X's and O's in explaining why.

Amendola and collateral damage. Gregg Rosenthal, who edited the "Around the League" blog on, goes through his list of those affected most by free-agent decisions. Patriots receiver Danny Amendola lands on the list.

Hageman connected to Patriots in another mock. Don Banks of unveils his mock draft 2.0 and it's a familiar prospect slotted to the Patriots at No. 29 -- Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman. "The secondary got its attention with the Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner signings, but the defensive front seven still needs help," Banks writes. The mock draft tracker has many mocks in one place.

Analyzing Kiper 3.0: Patriots

March, 13, 2014
Mar 13
Two things stood out when dissecting ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.'s mock draft 3.0 Insider selection for the New England Patriots:

1. After going with Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro at No. 29 in each of his first two mocks, Kiper now has Amaro out of the first round.

2. Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix III, who was viewed as a mid-round possibility in earlier mocks, also has slipped out of the top 32.

This time around, Kiper slots Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman to the Patriots at No. 29, and it has been a popular pick in various mock drafts. Hageman could give the Patriots a high-upside prospect with an ideal physical makeup at the position. Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, Armond Armstead and Chris Jones top the current depth chart, so Hageman would likely have the luxury of time to develop.

While Hageman could be a solid pick, I'm also curious about the fall of Nix and if he might represent the better pick in that scenario. He's a big run-stuffer who is a good athlete for his size. In a league that trends toward the pass, might Nix be a potentially undervalued asset who could be a solid selection at No. 29?