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.
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.