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The Atlanta Falcons are sure to take a close look at a number of top prospects before the May 8 NFL draft, including players they've already seen up close recently.

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Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY SportsMinnesota defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman is on the radar of the Falcons, who feel he can fit into any defensive scheme.

Last week, they conducted a private workout with Minnesota defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman, according to league source. Hageman was on the North team coached by the Falcons at this year's Senior Bowl. He spent a lot of time with new Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox.

During the Senior Bowl week, Falcons head coach Mike Smith raved about how Hageman had the talent to play in any defensive scheme. With the Falcons moving toward a 3-4-based setup, Hageman could project as a defensive end in such a system. Some experts say he's too tall, a 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds, to play defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme.

Whatever the case, Cox certainly took an interest in Hageman at the Senior Bowl. At one point, he rode Hageman about running behind for a meeting with a team. Cox's tough love symbolized the potential he sees in the talented linemen.

Hageman, who has drawn comparisons to John Henderson, has been projected as a late first- or early second-round pick. The Falcons seem destined to address their need for either an offensive tackle or pass rusher if they keep the sixth overall pick. They own the fifth pick (37th overall) in the second round. It makes you wonder if they might consider Hageman if he's still on the board by then, although safety is likely to be a more pressing need if one doesn't fall out of the sky soon.

Getting bigger and tougher up front has been the Falcons' theme this offseason. On the defensive side, it meant the additions of nose tackle Paul Soliai and run-stuffing defensive end Tyson Jackson. If Corey Peters isn't recovered from an Achilles' injury by the start of the season, the Falcons could need another young body up front at the other defensive end spot.

Hageman, a converted tight end, still is viewed as a raw talent although he'll enter the league as a 24-year-old rookie. Skeptics say he gets stood up too many times at the line of scrimmage.

Hageman comes from a rough background, having bounced around foster homes before being adopted, as detailed in this excellent piece written by ESPN's Adam Rittenberg.

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Interesting article. It's good to know Falcons are still doing their due diligence at DT in the ealier rounds even after signing babs, soliai, peters, and jerry.

I actually think DT is still a very pressing need if you think of all the re-signings.

- Peters may not be back to full strength.

- Babs is old as **** and you don't know if he makes it through the whole season healthy

- Do I even need to say anything about Peria Jerry's health concerns...

They are all very short contracts as well. It would be smart to get our DT of the future now rather than wait til next year when we could possibly lose peria and peters.

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I was all for us getting this guy before we signed Soliai/Jackson - in truth, its still a pressing need as we need another 3-4 DE as we don't have a legit one on the roster - however, given the need for more than one passrusher, offensive tackle and safety - along with the signing of Tyson Jackson - while re-signing Babs, Peters and Jerry - I don't see players like Tuitt/Hageman as a pressing enough need - even though I like both players.

Has ANYBODY good EVER come out of Minnesota ??? LOL

Eric Decker

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Has ANYBODY good EVER come out of Minnesota ??? LOL

most recently Erik Decker, I dont understand the hate tho. A lot of stars come from smaller schools, and a lot of them at DE/DT in particular.

I'd be happy with taking Hageman at some point of we have the chance.

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Interesting article. It's good to know Falcons are still doing their due diligence at DT in the ealier rounds even after signing babs, soliai, peters, and jerry.

I actually think DT is still a very pressing need if you think of all the re-signings.

- Peters may not be back to full strength.

- Babs is old as **** and you don't know if he makes it through the whole season healthy

- Do I even need to say anything about Peria Jerry's health concerns...

They are all very short contracts as well. It would be smart to get our DT of the future now rather than wait til next year when we could possibly lose peria and peters.

I'm also glad they are looking at DT's for obvious reasons as you mentioned above for Babs, Peter, and Jerry, but I still prefer Donald if we go that route.

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I was all for us getting this guy before we signed Soliai/Jackson - in truth, its still a pressing need as we need another 3-4 DE as we don't have a legit one on the roster - however, given the need for more than one passrusher, offensive tackle and safety - along with the signing of Tyson Jackson - while re-signing Babs, Peters and Jerry - I don't see players like Tuitt/Hageman as a pressing enough need - even though I like both players.

Imagine a DL with the big bodies of Hageman, Soliai, and Jackson running the front. Talk about some serious space eaters.

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Imagine a DL with the big bodies of Hageman, Soliai, and Jackson running the front. Talk about some serious space eaters.

I agree - would be nice. the only thing that bugs me about Hageman is his inconsistent effort and that he plays "too high" at times - of course its hard to play low when you are 6'6" - LOL.

I think Hageman's best position would be as a 3-4 DE. Ultimately though, I don't think the Falcons will draft him - he's likely to be gone before #37.

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