Breaking Burgundy's Film Analyst Paul Conner will be in the lab crunching film on college prospects up until the 2016 NFL Draft. He will be sharing his notes on each player he watches throughout the process.
Position: Inside Linebacker
Weight: 254 lbs.
Ben Standig's mock draft for CSNmidatlantic.com: No. 19 to the Bills (1/15) thought two previous versions slotted him to the Redskins.
(Analysis vs. Michigan State, Georgia, and Wisconsin)
Strengths: Reggie Ragland is an absolute animal moving forward. He plays with anger and fire. His aggressive, down-hill movements make him a real impact player in the run game. He is quick to diagnose the run. He does a good job sifting through traffic to find his way to the ball carrier. Ragland is not afraid of contact with blockers and even initiates it. He does a good job of meeting blockers at the line and shedding them in time make the tackle. Ragland is a thumper so not many of his tackles are broken. He rarely overpursues the ball carrier. Ragland was effective on delayed blitzes as well causing problems for quarterbacks. He was even used to blitz off the edge.
Concerns: Ragland has limited athleticism. His instincts will make him look faster than he is at times and he's okay if running in a straight line but overall he is lacking in this department. Any team that plans on playing him on passing downs is really going to have to protect him. Alabama would blitz him, line him up at defensive end, or allow him to play a short middle zone. Occasionally, he'd play man coverage but I fear what what woud look like at the NFL level.
If drafted by the Redskins: As the Redskins looked for their defensive identity, Will Compton and Mason Foster rose to starting positions at inside linebacker. Ragland is more in the mold of Mason Foster with his ability to impact the run game. Later in the year, the Redskins started taking a linebacker off the field on passing downs and having Kyshoen Jarrett take care of the duties down inside. If Jarrett comes back healthy, this would be one way to protect Ragland if he was drafted by the Redskins.
Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and a Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr
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