Expectations are high for Buffalo Bills rookie linebacker Reggie Ragland. Buffalo's second round draft pick is expected to start as a rookie and the Bills hope that Ragland can immediately help the defense in run defense. At Alabama, Ragland was credited as one of the nation's best "run thumpers," but it's clear that his ability to stop the run started well before his time with the Crimson Tide.
Before the Bills and Alabama, Ragland attended Bob Jones High School. Early in his high school career, Ragland played on both sides of the ball. By his junior year, Ragland's main focus was on the defensive side of the ball and he thrived at Bob Jones High School. That season, Ragland registered 91 tackles with 21 tackles for loss.
The footage above comes from Ragland's junior season in a game against Spain Park. You'll see Ragland make quite a few defensive stops as well as score a touchdown on the offensive side of the ball. If Ragland stops the run for the Bills as well as he did here for Bob Jones, perhaps he could talk Rex Ryan into giving him some snaps out of the Wildcat formation.null