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NFL Draft Watch: Defensive Tackles Ra'Shede Hageman & Aaron Donald
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14 Feb 2014 03:28 PM EST

-by Taber Small, Contributing Writer; Image: Pitt’s Aaron Donald pressures Va. Tech quarterback Logan Thomas. (Image Source: Getty Images)

Here’s a look at a pair of defensive tackle prospects:

Aaron Donald, DT Pittsburgh

Donald is an undersized, highly productive interior defensive lineman who was unstoppable all throughout his senior season. He leads the nation with an astounding 26 tackles for loss.

This gridiron warrior was very disruptive against offensive linemen all season. He uses pure strength and quickness to beat blockers in the trenches and is very active with his hands.

The issue with Donald is his size. At 6-foot-0, 285 pounds, where does he fit into a NFL defensive scheme? He is too good of a player to ignore and the NFL team that selects Donald will find somewhere on the field for him to contribute.

Ra’Shede Hageman, DT Minnesota

Hageman was the best interior defensive lineman in the Big Ten and had an impressive final two seasons for the Gophers. Hageman was mostly a backup lineman early in his career after switching from tight end to defensive tackle.

He possesses great athleticism, strength and size (6-6 311). Scouts like his combination of power, length and quickness.

His consistency is still a question for scouts but he’s played with more of a motor in his senior year, which has them excited about his potential. Hageman is a versatile lineman who can play in any defensive scheme (4-3 defensive tackle, 3-4 defensive end) and will likely be selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.  

For more NFL Draft analysis from Taber Small, check out his blog NFL Draft Talent Evaluator.

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