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Buffalo Bills receive strong grades for Reggie Ragland pick

Reggie Ragland's addition to the Bills was seen as a strong move in Round 2.

The Buffalo Bills earned high marks for their selection of Shaquille Lawson in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft.

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Buffalo's strong grades continued in Round 2 after selecting Alabama Crimson Tide ILB Reggie Ragland. Here's a look at some of the grades and commentary given on the pick.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: B

They needed a run-thumper and they get a guy who could have been a first-round pick.

Mike Rodak, ESPN: Thumbs Up

The Bills needed a linebacker probably more than any other team in the NFL, and they got good value in Reggie Ragland in the second round after he was mentioned as a possibility at No. 19, their first-round pick. The Bills gave up their original second-round pick and two fourth-round picks -- one in 2016 and one 2017 -- to move up eight spots, which was a steep price. However, Ragland addresses a need and provides good value. 

Sports Illustrated: B

The only thing that may have kept Ragland out of the first round was the reports of an enlarged aorta. But he's a perfect scheme and need fit for the BIlls because of his ability to play inside and outside linebacker on first and second down,and move up to rush the passer in other situations.?

Pro Football Focus: A

Buffalo trades up to get Reggie Ragland who should immediately upgrade one of the worst inside linebacker units in the league. Ragland is sound in the running game (No. 12 grade in the class) and while he’s not the most athletic linebacker, he can keep the ball in front of him when playing zone and he adds good pass rush ability as a movable piece in nickel situations.


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