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Falcons continue line improvements with Ra’Shede Hageman

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The Falcons entered the offseason with a mandate to get tougher on both lines.

So far, they’ve done so.

After getting building-block tackle Jake Matthews last night, they came back in the second round with Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman with the 37th overall pick.

Hageman will go along with free agent pickups Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson, giving them a new look up front.

He’s been a productive player throughout, and can play over the nose or play three-technique. That versatility will help in the Falcons’ hybrid 3-4 defense.

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6 Responses to “Falcons continue line improvements with Ra’Shede Hageman”
  1. FreewayJim says: May 9, 2014 7:57 PM

    The Falcons were weak in the trenches, even in 2012, so Matthews and Hagemen are great picks to solidify both lines along with the solid free agency signees they got.

    I see no reason this team can’t compete for the division title in 2014.

  2. chc4 says: May 9, 2014 9:22 PM

    Thank you. Build the lines.

  3. seenoland54 says: May 9, 2014 10:36 PM

    in a 3-4 the Falcons will have nearly a thousand pounds up front even with rotation. Look for some worn out opposing offensive lineman this year. Opposing quarterbacks are going to be longing for the days when they had time to throw, balls not slapped down at the line, and no one sitting on their chest.

  4. jacobslatter says: May 9, 2014 11:31 PM

    I like this selection at DT, but the 3rd round pick safety Dezmen Southward could have been snatched early Saturday most likely.

  5. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 10, 2014 9:14 AM

    Can’t help but think the Falcons would have picked pass rusher Lawrence if Dallas had not traded up to get him. Dallas paid too much IMO.

    Hageman is a man and there are no concerns if he has the size to play in the NFL. Can develop into a beast inside if he wants to. His effort at times can be a concern but I think the Falcons are going to like this player.

  6. In Teddy We Trust says: May 10, 2014 7:36 PM

    Hageman is a beast. He’s an ideal 3-4 DE. That effort knock is really overblown.

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