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.
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?