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Alabama Football 2016 NFL Draft: Reggie Ragland Selected by Buffalo

He's going to be cold

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Ragland is the first Alabama player to go in the second round so far. After the loss of Kiko Alonso last year, the Bills are still looking for a player to replicate his production at linebacker. With Marcell Dareus already on the defensive line occupying space, Ragland will look to be a day 1 starter.

2016 NFL Draft results: Reggie Ragland to Buffalo Bills at No. 41 overall - Buffalo Rumblings

The move came after the Bills traded up from No. 49 overall to secure the selection; they dealt one of their fourth-round picks this year, plus their 2017 fourth-round pick, to acquire the pick. We're not sure which of their two fourth-round picks this year that they sacrificed to snag Ragland.

How does the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year double as a polarizing, arguably less-than-exciting NFL Draft prospect? In Ragland’s case, it comes down to average metrics: he’s a 6’1", 247-pound inside linebacker with unremarkable athletic numbers (4.72-second 40-yard dash, 31.5-inch vertical jump, 9’8" broad jump). Add in the consensus evaluation that he's a better run defender than pass defender, and Ragland’s reputation has emerged as that of a linebacker bred for a bygone era of pro football.

Here is the link to Ragland's profile here at Roll Bama Roll.