Reggie Ragland   LB   Alabama

STRENGTHS
Reggie is the guardian of the first ten yards beyond the line of scrimmage for your defense. He is big and shows a strong burst to the ball. He can play any one of the linebacker positions in any style of defense. Reggie is an excellent tackler who can meet, greet and shed blocks in the hole allowing him to make tackles easily. He has the ability to cover those big tight ends effortlessly, working well with his safeties in deep coverage. He also has long arms that allow him to trail in coverage and still make a play on the ball. Reggie has the agility to be used in blitz packages and even used on the line of scrimmage with his hand down “wide” as a pass rusher on third and long downs. He’s an impact player who makes impact plays -- it’s really that simple. Reggie will protect from sideline to sideline the first ten yards beyond the line of scrimmage and shut down the ability of the opponent’s offense to make 1st downs all game long.

CONCERNS
Reggie is not the type of linebacker who can run backwards down the field in a 2 deep zone defense to cover the middle of the field against the deep pass. If you want that type of linebacker, I suggest you don’t draft Reggie.

TALENT BOARD ROUND: 1
Reggie is my style of linebacker: a linebacker who attacks the line of scrimmage and whose responsibilities include ten yards beyond the line of scrimmage, but not 40 yards down the field. I believe that’s why you have safeties. If you run up the middle of the line of scrimmage, Reggie will shut you down. If you run a sweep to either side, Reggie will shut you down. If you run a screen to his side…you guessed it - Reggie will shut you down. If the Tight End comes off the line of scrimmage and needs ten yards on a passing down, once again, Reggie will shut that down. You need coverage for a running back coming out of the backfield on a wheel route guess what? Reggie will shut that down too. If you use a running back to block him on a blitz, Reggie will get the sack, you count on it. If opponents want to make first downs consistently against Reggie, they will have to throw the ball down the field more than ten yards. He’s done it all year and he will do it for your team’s defense also. He is an impact linebacker, a coach on the field and the guardian of the first ten yards beyond the line of scrimmage -- he takes that very seriously.

Drew Boylhart  JAN.2016