Don Banks of SI.com recently published his first mock draft. Let us take a look at his selection for the San Francisco 49ers:
Banks has the 49ers selecting Ra’Shede Hageman, a Defensive Tackle from Minnesota, at number 30. Justin Gilbert, who we here at NinerNoise.com have as the 49ers selection currently, is off the board to Philadelphia at number 22–and two other cornerbacks, LaMarcus Joyner and Marcus Roberson, of FSU and Florida respectively, are gone before the 49ers pick as well.
Hageman, a 6’6″ and 311 lb Third-Team All-American and First-Team All-Big Ten is a solid player. NFL.com’s “Bottom Line” on Hageman states:
A raw, converted tight end with a basketball background, Hageman is a big, athletic, finesse three-technique with intriguing dimensions and movement skills who fits best in an aggressive, one-gap scheme where he could fire into gaps. Will probably be restricted to nickel pass-rush duty initially until the game slows down for him, but has impact potential if he ever figures it out. Is still maturing, having endured a harrowing childhood to get to where he is today, and would be best served landing in a structured environment with veteran mentorship. Classic boom-or-bust prospect.
Banks acknowledges that Hageman is quite raw and needs work. It is hard to imagine a better fit for Hageman than San Francisco, where he could learn under Justin Smith for a while before taking the reigns himself. Should Gilbert and others be off the board, Hageman could definitely be an intriguing prospect
However, I am not completely convinced that Hageman would a good fit for San Francisco. Tank Carradine will make his injury-delayed debut and the 49ers desparately need some help at receiver and/or defensive back–especially depending on how free agency goes.
Ultimately, I do not think the 49ers will select Hageman, but it is an interesting idea to think about the 49ers once again being patient with a first-rounder. As long as he did better than A.J. Jenkins or, more closely related to his position, Kentwan Balmer, I would not complain.