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Road to the NFL Draft / Reggie Ragland

Position: Linebacker.

School: Alabama.

Combine measurables: 6-foot-1, 247 pounds.

Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.72 seconds. Vertical jump: 31½ inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 8 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.28 seconds.

Career stats: 53 games, 222 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 interception, 4 forced fumbles.

Draft projection: First round.

Lowdown: Possesses ideal size and strength to be an inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. … Speed isn’t overwhelming, but he’s a good overall athlete who is strong at the point of attack, sheds blockers well and is an extremely good tackler who will sometimes make highlight-reel hits. Worked at outside linebacker at the Senior Bowl, so he shows some versatility. … Gets high marks for blitzing and does a decent job rushing off the edge. … Lateral movement and agility are impressive, making him effective against outside rushers. … Does a better job in zone pass coverage than man-to-man. … Needs to improve his ability to anticipate plays, although his reaction is good. … Most NFL scouts see him as a solid, though not sensational, player.

They said it: “He’s a thumper. He’s a guy that, really in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, would’ve been a top-10 pick, guaranteed. But coverage ability is going to be something” to watch. “How effective will he be in coverage in the NFL? We know he can get after the quarterback. You can move him around a little bit. He’s got some versatility there, but how he plays moving backward – not forward – is the concern with Reggie Ragland.” – ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

– Vic Carucci

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 28.

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