CBS Sports Draftnik Pat Kirwan Has Minnesota DT Ra’shede Hageman For The Steelers In Latest Mock Draft

Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed free agent safety Mike Mitchell, we’re starting to see the major media draftniks slot a few different players in the 15th overall selection of their first-round mocks of the 2014 NFL Draft.

On Friday, Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports released his newest mock draft and he has Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’shede Hageman being selected by the Steelers in the first round.

Kirwan writes:

Prototypical size for a 3-4 defense like the Steelers. It’s so hard to find 6-6 athletes that can play across the front. He will have to learn to play hard all the time if he wants to stay on the field for Pittsburgh.

While Hageman could eventually fit as a 3-4 defensive end in the Steelers defense, we’ve seen several times in the past how that move can take some time. Ziggy Hood unfortunately never effectively made the move from defensive tackle to a 3-4 defensive end and it took Cameron Heyward a few seasons to become the player that he currently is.

While Hageman has a great back story and is now believed to be a high-character prospect with some upside, he will be 24 years of age come August. In addition, as Kirwan points out, there are some questions about his motor.

When you consider that the Steelers probably haven’t given up completely yet on Nick Williams and Brian Arnfelt, selecting Hageman with the 15th overall pick in the first round not only seems like a bit of a reach, it also might be considered to be a luxury selection by many.

So, where do you weigh in on Hageman? Have at this pick in the comments below.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    CB, WR, or trade back. Anything else @ 15 seems like a misstep to me.

  • steeltown

    I like Hageman and I think he has tons of upside, but I don’t think he’s a 15th overall selection

  • Kareem Daniels

    We can get Martin from NC later

  • SFIC

    Hageman?!?!?!….NOT!!!!… the tape…for every big play he makes, he takes 20 plays off (or is held in check). Case in point: Senior Bowl week- he looked good in a few of the one-on-one drills, but during the game he was non-existent. Trust me, pass on him here….he’s overrated.

  • moderatelysane

    I would only add that there is a possibility that Anthony Barr drops to 1.15. This could make for an interesting choice.

  • Jason

    Reach, reach, reach. If he is the best player available at 15 then trade back. He’s a good player but not a top 15 talent IMO.

  • Jason

    I wouldn’t be totally unhappy with Ebron but I see your point.

  • Matt Smith

    Keisel and Smith here later round picks that were both successful, why not continue to find guys there instead of 1st round?

  • Derick L Young

    much easier said than done.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Seems to have a lot of things to work on. What sticks out the most on his tape is how he gets wiped out with the double team. Would be a giant reach at 1.15

  • Matt Manzo

    Just a few weeks ago everyone was begging for him to be our number 1! Looks and sounds like his weaknesses have been spotted.
    I think it all depends on Mitchell’s feelings about Arnfelt and Williams?
    If they think they can play, why take a #1 DE? They’ll never get the chance to play cuz we’d be forced to play the #1 pick. And we’d be in the same boat we were with Hood. (If he doesn’t pan out)

  • Ike Evans

    All I wanna know is if he’s a playmaker….if yes, I want him…if not I’ll pass….and its actually pretty forseeable they go d line in the first round once you break the draft down….dennard in gilbert will likely be gone with many cb needy teams in front of us….its doubtful they go safety even though I still want one, mike Evans won’t get pass the lions more then likely….they just resigned Palmer so heath, spaeth, and palmer on the roster I doubt they go TE, here’s the dark horse do you think they go OT because the the kid from Notre dame will be there. If not that leaves a bunch of d linemen, kelvin Benjamin and MAYBE Anthony Barr and cj Mosley if guys splurge on qb’s……its not as far fetched as u think…I think they are more inclined not to give up on Spence and v Williams then they would be arnfelt and nick williams

  • REL

    maybe they can snag the next Mike Webster in the 5th, Tom Brady in the 6th, and Shannon Sharpe in the 7th too.

  • chris ward

    I think 15 is to high for Hageman.

  • Matt Smith

    Comparing Hall of Famers to above average role players is not the same. I don’t think its a stretch to think you can get the same production you got from Ziggy Hood out of a 3rd day draft pick.

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  • Xclewsive

    Hageman run to hot and cold for me. Never really lived up to the billing at Minnesota. For the Steelers to take a DL @ 15 he’d have to be a game changer. I’d rather have Aaron Donald if the Steelers go DL.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    This is such an usually high pick from the steelers it can’t be wasted on a project or significant risk.

  • The hammer Blount coming for a visit Sunday.

  • dgh57

    Wow, Heyward is just a year and three months older than this guy and Heyward took until year 3 to get it right. I’ll pass!

  • 804Stiller

    Hopefully, Nick Williams or Arnfelt will develop. The tough thing is we could get players that fit in our scheme in later rounds like Foote, Haggans, Keisel or Smith, Now that more teams are running 3-4,. these gems are tougher to hide.

  • steeltown

    This would be awesome

  • Jay Jaber

    Rd.1 Eric Ebron(if mike evans is not available)
    Rd.2 devante adams(my opinion top 4 WR he’s going to be special)
    Rd.3 stanly jean-baptise(boom or bust)
    Rd.4 Justin Ellis NT(potential to start day1)
    Rd.5 shayne skov(if he falls this far he will be a day 1 starter he’s a Brandon spikes type of player 2 down player one of my favorite players in this draft)

  • Doug Sawyer

    #1WR Benjamin
    #2 CB Fuller
    #3(Wallace)next top CB on the board
    #4 NT McCullers

    #5 and #5(Lewis)LB and RB
    #6 DT
    #7 Return Specialist

  • Rick Williams

    In Kirwin’s mock – Mike Evans is still on teh board – if so, he will be the pick.

  • Richie

    Kirwan knows nothing

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    maybe if they were picking at the end of round 1 but not at 15. way too much of a reach

  • Addison

    I think they’re running out of mock draft

  • Andrew Alberico

    Slow, takes plays off, plays at times unmotivated. If you have not dominated in a relatively weak conference, and he has not, why would you be expected to dominate in the NFL?

  • AndyR34

    It’s not a stretch to think that, but it will happen no more than one out of twenty selections.

  • Ridiculous. I get that it’s a sort of “outside-the-box” selection (i.e., not WR or CB), and maybe a “smart” pick for a national guy given that it appears to fill a gaping need, but it’s just not going to happen. Better to bring back the Beard for one more year, if they can’t work out a deal with Carrington, and then reassess next off-season. There’s going to be way too much obvious talent available at 1-15.

  • Will Hammer

    Corner or WO.

  • Rob

    I think hagemen or Tuitt will be there in round 2. Pittsburgh can’t be expecting a 7th round pick (nick Williams) to be a started, not until he proves that he is. I’m sure that are proceeding with him in mind as depth.

  • Rob

    It’s a different league now. Too many teams running the 3-4

  • RyanW

    I would HATE this pick. Hagemen is a good player and person but we need CB and WR in rounds 1 and 2

  • pittsburghjoe

    Reach at 15….Pure Reach….

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I just do not like picking a guy in the first that has to play a position un-natural to what he did in college.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    Since the steelers do pick for need, I can see this pick happening. As to being a reach, based on what we saw last season, Jarvis Jones was a reach, a few years ago, the ot from the Ohio st. was a reach, as a second rounder, CURTIS ALLEN THE DB was a reach in the third round, it is all about the scouting , which has been some what lacking, even though the front office has cost us some players by letting them leave, but as they say , ” stuff happens”.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    Last seasons defensive rookie of the year had the same reputation as Hageman, but the Jets took him and were glad they did, sometimes things are not what they seem.

  • HiVul

    I would be shocked if they went defensive line in general and especially one that will be changing positions. Too many other players that could give us more production and fill bigger needs right away. I’m still hoping the top of our draft is Eric Ebron and then 2 CBs in rds 2-4.

  • Will Hammer

    draft Donald this kid can play .

  • JC Chuta

    Obviously doesn’t know anything about Steelers!

  • Carlos

    Would love to see Skov on the Team, doubt he´ll drop tha far