Despite another delay, the 2014 Battle Red Blog Draft continues to steam toward its conclusion. Thanks to BostonianToro for coming through in a pinch for the Steelers.
With the 30th pick in the 2014 BRB Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select Ra'Shede Hageman (DT--Minnesota).
The Steelers have an issue with depth on the D-Line after losing Ziggy Hood, Brett Keisel and Al Woods to free agency. Although they did pick up a giant hole-filler in NT Cam Thomas, they could use some depth and an athletic guy who can move around. Last year, the Steelers ranked 21st in rushing defense, allowing an average of 115.6 yards per game.
At 6'6" and 310 lbs., Hageman has the room on his frame to put on another 15-20 lbs., and he can be flexible, moving around to multiple positions on the line. He has good footwork and loose hips. Hageman should be able to shed blocks; when he can't, he can get his arms up to disrupt passing, as evidenced by the 1 INT, 8 batted passes, and pair of blocked kicks he had in 2013.
Hageman seems to be a guy that Dick LeBeau can mold into an integral part of the Steelers' front 7. He should be a good, solid pick, albeit with a lot to prove. He's also a great story to help draw in the fans.
Hageman feels like a Steeler to me. Of course, so did Ziggy Hood, and that didn't work out so well for Pittsburgh. What say you?
That brings us to the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks and our own UprootedTexan. That pick is due to me by 7 p.m. CDT this evening.
1. Houston Texans--Sammy Watkins (WR--Clemson)
2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)--Jadeveon Clowney (DE--South Carolina)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars--Johnny Manziel (QB--Texas A&M)
4. Cleveland Browns--Teddy Bridgewater (QB--Louisville)
5. Oakland Raiders--Khalil Mack (LB--Buffalo)
6. Atlanta Falcons--Anthony Barr (LB--UCLA)
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers--Eric Ebron (TE--UNC)
8. Minnesota Vikings--Greg Robinson (OT--Auburn)
9. Buffalo Bills--Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (S--Alabama)
10. Detroit Lions--Mike Evans (WR--Texas A&M)
11. Tennessee Titans--Justin Gilbert (CB--Oklahoma State)
12. New York Giants--Aaron Donald (DT--Pittsburgh)
13. St. Louis Rams--Jake Matthews (OT--Texas A&M)
14. Chicago Bears--Timmy Jernigan (DT--Florida State)
15. Denver Broncos (TRADE WITH STEELERS) --C.J. Mosley (LB--Alabama)
16. Dallas Cowboys--Morgan Moses (OT--Virginia)
17. Baltimore Ravens--Marqise Lee (WR--USC)
18. New York Jets--Calvin Pryor (S--Louisville)
19. Miami Dolphins--Zack Martin (OG/OT--Notre Dame)
20. Arizona Cardinals--Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE--Washington)
21. Green Bay Packers--Darqueze Dennard (CB--Michigan State)
22. Philadelphia Eagles--Odell Beckham, Jr. (WR--LSU)
23. Kansas City Chiefs--Brandin Cooks (WR--Oregon State)
24. Cincinnati Bengals--Blake Bortles (QB--UCF)
25. San Diego Chargers--Kyle Fuller (CB--Virginia Tech)
26. Cleveland Browns--Ryan Shazier (LB--Ohio State
27. New Orleans Saints--Louis Nix (DT--Notre Dame)
28. Carolina Panthers--Taylor Lewan (OT--Michigan)
29. New England Patriots--Jason Verrett (CB--TCU)
30. San Francisco 49ers--Kony Ealy (DE/LB--Missouri)
31. Pittsburgh Steelers (TRADE WITH BRONCOS)--Ra'Shede Hageman (DT--Minnesota)
32. Seattle Seahawks--UprootedTexan
33. Houston Texans--Sugel Mendoza