Linebacker, Alabama 6ft 1 – 247lbs
|40 Yard Dash – 4.72 Seconds||Bench Press – N/A|
|Vertical Jump – 31.5 Inches||3 Cone Drill – N/A|
|Broad Jump – 116 Inches||20 Yard Shuttle – 4.28 Seconds|
Reggie Ragland, All American, SEC defensive player of the year. Ragland has been a 4 year starter at the heart of the recently crowned champions Alabama. He could have entered the draft last year, as a superstar run stuffer, but chose to stay in school. This has been a master stroke, as throughout his senior season he cemented himself as the best inside Linebacker in college football and enters this draft as a lock for the first round. It seems that all Reggie does is improve, throughout his four years at school, he has improved significantly each year, to a stage where he is now a star in the making. He played on a very good Alabama defence, however he still managed to be one of the stars, and a good reason why they are now national champions. Although he isn’t overly tall, however he is heavy and very strong. He plays very fast downhill, but has no problem moving from side-line to side-line, which is something NFL teams covet. He is extremely physical and can handle blockers in the pass rush, utilising a very good bull rush. His maturity stands out, because although he could have left last year, he choose his degree and community work over early entry to the draft. He will now make more money because of this decision, but he shows everyone that education comes first. His biggest plus side though has to be his consistency and his toughness. He is relentless and comes to play on every down, however he doesn’t let his play drop off. Nobody is perfect however and although there aren’t many, Ragland does have some areas of his game which need improvement. His biggest area of concern is in coverage. While many people can work on this, Ragland seems like a player who will never be good in coverage. He seems lost when asked to drop back, and will struggle in the NFL if asked. His game is so good across the board, that coverage has just fallen to the way side. The only other issue people have, and it is a complete none issue, is that he doesn’t set the world alight. He is so consistent that people often overlook his impact as just another day at the office. Ragland is a wanted man, throughout the draft process, 16 teams have spoken to him in some capacity. At the senior bowl he met with the 49ers, the Bears, the Chiefs, the Jets, the Packers and the Saints. Then at the Combine he again met with the Packers and had a meeting with the Lions. The process then got more serious with private workouts with the Colts, the Bills, the Bears, the Seahawks and the Vikings. Finally he was brought in for private meetings with 9 of the 16 teams, the Bears, the Bills, the Dolphins, the Falcons, the Jaguars, the Rams, the Ravens, the Saints and the Vikings. With this much activity surrounding Ragland, he is practically guaranteed to go on day 1, but with many of his suitors within the top 15 picks, don’t expect Ragland to wait long to hear his name. He isn’t the flashy player who stands out on film, however he is very good, and whoever he drops to have an immediate starter who will take the league by storm.