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Reggie Ragland Scouting Report, ILBer, Alabama. 2016 NFL Draft

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Today we take a look at possible top 20 ILBer, Reggie Ragland.

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Introduction

Hometown: Madison Alabama

High School: Bob Jones

Recruitment: 5-Star Recruit by both ESPN and Rivals as a LBer

Injuries/Discipline: Concussion in 2015 Sugar Bowl

Awards

2014 Semifinalist for the Butkus Award

2014 first team All-SEC by the Associated Press

2015 first team All-American

2015 All-SEC First Team

2015 SEC Defensive Player of the Year

Measurables

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 252

Class: Senior

Projected 40 Time: 4.68

Stats

Year Tackles TFL PBU QB Hurries FF Sacks
2015 97 6.5 7 6 2 2.5
2014 93 10.5 3 1 1 1.5
2013 17 .5 0 0 0 0
2012 8 0 0 0 1 0

Positives

  • Has a swarm mentality

  • Can lay the wood

  • Above average in coverage

  • Good closing speed

  • Good range

  • Above average instincts

  • Has decent size

  • Can play multiple LBer positions


Negatives

  • Quick rather than fast

  • Can arm tackle from time to time

  • Sometimes overruns a play

  • An unpolished pass rusher

  • A drop in coverage skills when the play isn’t in front of him

  • Can get better at disengaging from linemen



Conclusion

Reggie Ragland is one of my favorite LBer prospects coming out this year. He took the reigns from CJ Mosely, and made an immediate impact. Reggie has proven that his bark is indeed bad as his bite. He once played with a broken hand. He had surgery the next morning, and was back at practice without missing any time. I would be surprised if Demario Davis is brought back in the offseason, and David Harris isn’t getting any younger. Ragland can come right in and start on our defense. He would bring a much needed boost in coverage when it comes to guys coming out of the backfield, and is tough enough to stand up to the Gronks of the world. I can see Ragland still being on the board when we pick at 20, and it would be hard to pass him up.

Draft Grade: 94

90-100 = Exceptional Talent

80-90 = Impact Player

70-80 = NFL Starter

60-70 = Solid NFL Potential

50-60 = Draftable - Lot of work needed

>50 = Undraftable, - Long Shot To Stick