Ledbetter: Makes sense to kick the tires on Hageman

Dukes & Bell
April 08, 2019 - 3:54 pm

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Atlanta Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter joined Dukes & Bell Monday to talk all things NFL draft with the guys including could the Falcons trade back in the draft?

Ledbetter, from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, talked about the Locals Day the Falcons had on Friday.

“They had a big group from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Morehouse,” Ledbetter said. “Darius Slayton ran well. They had a bunch of Bulldogs out there including Elijah Holyfield. Kennesaw State had a guy out there and this really helps them with their rookie minicamp and training camp roster.”

Ledbetter said he thinks it makes sense for the team to kick the tires on Ra'Shede Hageman

 “We’re checking on that with his people and the Falcons,” Ledbetter said. “Hageman said he wanted another shot in the league. Most of his problems are behind him and it only makes sense for them to kick the tires on him because you know him better than anyone. If he goes all out no one can block him. They know the good and the bag on him so it.”

When asked about the defensive tackle depth of this draft.

“You can get defensive tackles all the way through the third round,” said Ledbetter. “There are 16 defensive tackles with first-round grades. The Falcons are a needs-based team, so they won’t wait for a guy if he’s there in their grasp. Supposedly they were talking to Detroit about moving up for Oliver, but now it appears they will have to move up to 5 to get him and that’s too much. But at f14 they’re at a good spot to get a lineman.

Could the Falcons trade back in the draft?

“There is [a chance]. Thomas [Dimitroff] talked a little bit about it at Georgia’s Pro Day,” Ledbetter said. “From 10 to around 25 is the same player. If you could go back, pick up a second-round pick and still get the guy you wanted at 14 then do it.”