With the 30th pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2014 NFL mock draft, the San Francisco 49ers select Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman. JCruize is serving as the 49ers' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.
In the last three seasons, San Francisco has made three trips to the NFC Championship Game, including a trip to the Super Bowl. So needless to say, there are not a lot of areas that are a dire need for this team. There are, however, a few positions that could use some young depth, and first on my list is wide receiver. But with five wideouts already drafted, there's no first-round talent available at 30. The second position is cornerback, and like the receiver situation, I did not feel what was left on the board was worth a first-round pick. I really looked hard at Bradley Roby, Kyle Fuller and Jason Verrett but just could not pull the trigger on any of them. This brings me to the third area of need and my pick, Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman.
Hageman is a 6'6, 310-pound defensive tackle with an imposing figure that has drawn comparisons to J.J. Watt. Ra'Shede consistently gets a strong push and shows above-average burst and speed for a man as big as he is. With his combination of size, power and speed, Hageman has seen snaps not only as a zero gap nose tackle, but also in the three gaps. Even though the Niners signed Glenn Dorsey to a one-year deal and have, for now, penciled him in at NT, at 6'1 and 300 pounds, Glenn is not the ideal guy to play nose tackle due to his lack of size.
Ra'Shede's weaknesses are somewhat minor, like locating the ball and pursuit. These things can be coached up, and with the linebacking corps behind him, I do not feel it will be an issue.
So there it is; have at it.
Check out the 2014 POD Community Mock Draft tracker for a look at all of the picks.