Reggie Ragland had as big a heart and leadership impact as any Alabama player in the Saban era. He is certainly the most instinctive run-stopper we've seen in about decade too.
That said, is his backup even more suited for the pro game than Ragland? Mel Kiper thinks so.
.@MelKiperESPN says LB Reuben Foster will be a better pro prospect than Reggie Ragland is this year. Has #Jets taking Ragland in 1st round.— Advertiser Sports (@mgmsports) February 22, 2016
In some respects, you can see where Kiper is coming from. Foster is more athletic, is better in pass coverage, and can rush the passer a bit better. That said, he's been a situational player for the past two seasons, and hasn't been quite as instinctual as you'd want to see from someone manning the middle. He hits a helluva lot harder than Ragland and is meaner, but is not the sure tackler that Reggie was either.
This is a make-or-break year for the Junior out of Auburn, as he finally takes on a full-time role. But, is he a better player than Ragland? I don't think so. I think they're just very different players.
What say you?