When the Buffalo Bills moved up in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft to select Reggie Ragland, the team felt they were adding an impact player. The former Alabama Crimson Tide product is expected to be an immediate starter in Buffalo alongside Preston Brown at inside linebacker. Buffalo’s selection of Ragland received plenty of immediate praise, but Marc Sessler of NFL.com believes Ragland isn’t getting the attention he deserves.
Sessler listed the Bills linebacker among 10 players who aren’t being talked about enough. Here’s what Sessler wrote about Ragland.
Reggie Ragland, Bills rookie linebacker: Coach Rex Ryan has become an easy target in Buffalo, but he found a kindred spirit in Ragland, the team's second-round pick. The former Alabama star doesn't blow you away with his speed, but Ragland is an old-school defender with some bite. Set to start immediately at inside linebacker, Ragland is bound to help improve a run defense that allowed a whopping 4.4 yards per carry last season, 25th in the NFL.
Ragland was described as one of the best linebackers in this year’s draft class in regards to run defense, so he should make an impact in that area for Buffalo. Although many draft analysts described Ragland as a two-down linebacker, but Buffalo may use Ragland as a pass rusher in certain third down situations.