FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The pick: Ra'Shede Hageman, defensive end, Minnesota
My take: Although Hageman had some baggage in his past and is somewhat of a project, he's an exceptional athlete who brings more nastiness up front. He could play either nose or defensive end in a 3-4 setup. New Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox pushed Hageman hard at the Senior Bowl, which told me how much they truly liked him. Something tells me Cox will get the best out of Hageman, with some questioning his motivation.
Success story? Hageman grew up in foster homes, as his mom reportedly succumbed to alcohol and drug abuse. A family took him in and gave him a new outlook on life. If Hageman can continue to grow and mature, the scars from his past will go away. He entered the draft with first-round potential and could be a true difference-maker up front as a run-stuffer and player capable of bringing pressure as well.
What's next: Although the Falcons didn't secure their desired pass-rushers (Dee Ford and Demarcus Lawrence), they still could use another big body, if available. Running back and tight end are also positions that could be address. The Falcons would be fortunate if LSU running back Jeremy Hill fell to the third round.