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2017 NFL DRAFT

Reggie Ragland, ILB

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Madison, AL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 247 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1511

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.622.751.65- 31 1/29'8"4.28-

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Green Bay Packers | #27
    Given B.J. Raji's "hiatus," the hole at nose guard could push general manager Ted Thompson to nab a defensive lineman here. With the physical and instinctive Ragland still on the board, however, the ability to slide Clay Matthews back outside is simply too good to pass up.
  • Oakland Raiders | #14
    The Raiders need an upgrade at middle linebacker and although there are questions about his ability to hold up vs. the pass, Ragland has all the ingredients to start from Day One.
  • Buffalo Bills | #19
    They have some age at the position (Manny Lawson) and they need help at the other spots. Ragland can step in and play right away and be the thumper in the run game.
  • Washington Redskins | #21
    Tough, hard-nosed player who can shore up the middle of the Redskins defense and continue to become more physical, just the way Scot McCloughan wants it.
  • Washington Redskins | #21
    Ragland can quarterback the middle of Washington's defense, which needs some more strength up the middle.
 

Player Overview

A do-it-all linebacker for Nick Saban's defense, Ragland finished second on the team in tackles (95) and third in tackles for loss (10.5) in 2014, adding four passes defended and an interception.

He continued his ascent in 2015, being voted the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Demonstrates the blend of size, aggression, instincts and reliable open-field tackling skills to project well inside to 4-3 and 3-4 principles, alike. Takes accurate first steps and shows excellent closing burst to arrive with pop at the point of attack.

Works off blocks well with balance and anticipation, looking through blockers to keep his eyes on the prize, doing a much better job downhill rather than in reverse. Physical striker with reliable breakdown skills in the open field, wrapping, driving and finishing. Dirtiest jersey on the field and plays each snap like it is his last.

WEAKNESSES: Overaggressive pursuit angles and needs to better throttle down in space to break down at the contact point. Hyper-focused run defender and will leave his eyes in the backfield too long at times, causing him to be late in coverage. Needs to widen his vision to protect from cut blocks, pick up crossers and better recognize routes. Out-matched trying to stick with slot receivers down the field in coverage. Violent play style leads to durability questions.

IN OUR VIEW: He isn't as talented as C.J. Mosley, but he's a better NFL prospect than Trey DePriest, falling somewhere in the middle of those two former Alabama players.

--Dane Brugler and Rob Rang (2/13/16)

 
 
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01/01/2016 - Alabama 7-point favorite over Clemson in title game...The Alabama Crimson Tide are seven-point favorites over the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan. 11 in Glendale, Ariz. No. 2 Alabama (13-1) convincingly punched its ticket to the CFP title game by dismantling No. 3 Michigan State 38-0 on New Year's Eve in the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Top-ranked Clemson (14-0) also was impressive, beating No. 4 Oklahoma 37-17 in the first semifinal Thursday in the Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium. The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas opened with Alabama as a touchdown favorite over Clemson. The undefeated Tigers were four-point underdogs to the Sooners. Las Vegas books opened betting on the national championship game late Thursday night as Alabama continued to dominate Michigan State in the second half. Sportsbook operator CG Technology opened the Crimson Tide as 4.5-point favorites, but the line quickly climbed to Alabama minus-6. The Crimson Tide have been favored in 80 of their past 81 games, including all three national championship game appearances under head coach Nick Saban. Alabama won all three of those title games. - The Sports Xchange
 

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