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Reggie Ragland Selected 41st Overall In The 2016 NFL Draft

NFL: Reggie Ragland

With the 41st pick in the 2016 NFL Draft the Buffalo Bills have selected Linebacker Reggie Ragland from University of Alabama.

Standing 6’1″ and weighing in at 247 pounds, this 22-year-old comes into the NFL after finishing an illustrious career with the Crimson Tide. He was a four-star recruit coming out of Madison, Alabama. There was a logjam at line backer during his Freshman year and Coach Nick Saban considered moving Ragland to tight end to get him on the field sooner. Reggie was open to it but he later played a key cog in the line backing rotation. He worked his way up the ranks by thriving on special teams, finishing his Freshman year with 8 tackles and his sophmore year with 13 tackles (24 games).

Heading into his junior year, Ragland won the starting weak side line backer position and never looked back. He finished second on the team with 95 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 4 passes defended, and one interception, earning First Team All-SEC honors.

He returned for his senior year and led the team in tackles with 102 tackles 6.5 tackles for loss, and 7 tackles for loss and was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-SEC honors for the second time.

Reggie is has a true build of a line backer and plays with excellent reactive athleticism. He closes hard and loves to strike and separate the man from the ball. When it comes to tackling, he’s a technician. His vision to diagnose and attack is a critical trait to becoming an All-Pro type of player. He’s a high effort player with a love for football. He is a high character person as well and is squeaky-clean when it comes to off-the-field issues.

While Ragland is sound as a hitter, he is sometimes overly aggressive when in pursuit. He can get caught looking in the backfield, which leads to him losing his man in coverage. He is outmatched when guarding slot receivers down the field in coverage.

Reggie is sound at the point of attack and will thrive on the next level.  He has potential to succeed with the Bills and should be an immediate help as a run-stuffing, three-down linebacker.

Photo Credit to SEC Country via Twitter

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