Photo of Reggie Ragland
Drafted By: Bills
  • Round 2
  • Pick 10
  • Overall 41

Combine Results

Grade
6.47 ?
  • 4.72 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 4.28 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"The Bills weren't very good on defense last year. So, in the first round they got Shaq Lawson, an explosive edge rusher. They have to get tougher on defense, so the first two picks are front seven personnel. On game day, Ragland will show up and thump people." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'1" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 247LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands

Overview

The question heading into Ragland's senior season wasn't whether he would be a solid run-stuffer as a starting 3-4 inside linebacker in the NFL, as his play the past two falls secured that notion. He earned his spot as an elite prospect, though, with his play in 2015. He led the Tide with 97 tackles, 6.5 for loss, and broke up six passes, winning SEC Defensive Player of the Year, numerous All-American honors and landing finalist spots for multiple national awards. In fact, Ragland was the third Alabama player to earn unanimous All-American notice, joining Cornelius Bennett and Derrick Thomas. Ragland could have left for the NFL last year, but decided to come back to win a championship, get his degree, and continue his work in the community.


Pro Day Results


3-cone drill: 7.55 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Old-school, take­-on middle linebacker who plays the game the way Nick Saban likes. Steps into hole and will swap paint with lead blockers in order to constrict his gap. Instinctive linebacker who trusts his eyes and goes. Showed greater understanding of angles and leverage this year. Won't over-­commit when flowing to ball carrier and almost always finds his run fits. Missed tackles fell from ten in 2014 to just three this season. Played with hand in ground as an edge rusher in some sub ­packages. Showed greater willingness to take chances downhill. Nasty hitter with above average play strength.

Weaknesses

Some scouts question his play speed. Can be inconsistent with his angles when playing downhill. Could get himself in trouble miscalculating NFL speed to the perimeter. Will get locked up more often by pro linemen if he tries to take on all blocks rather than punch and shed. Alabama's outstanding defensive front allowed him to roam unblocked for much of the year. Can handle himself in zone coverage but man cover skills are limited.

Draft Projection

Round 1

Sources Tell Us

"He's a throwback linebacker, but he's going to get drafted in the first (round) because he has rush ability, too." -- Former NFC scouting director

NFL Comparison

E.J. Henderson

Bottom Line

Thumping inside linebacker with throwback size and tone­setting mentality. Ragland is a confident and capable early starter in league who has the temperament to become one of the premier run­-stopping inside linebackers in the pro game. Ragland has some coverage and speed limitations, but his instincts and overall awareness should be able to mask those issues.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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