Former Bills safety Matt Bowen, now an NFL analyst for ESPN.com, has broken down what he feels are the best NFL draft fits for the teams who selected them. Bills second-round pick Reggie Ragland was on his short list.
Bowen sees Ragland as a versatile, but perfect fit for Rex Ryan’s 3-4 defense. Here was his analysis.
Reggie Ragland, LB, Buffalo Bills
In Rex Ryan’s 3-4 front, Ragland is the big boy at the second-level, that linebacker with downhill power to eat up the run game: Stack and shed, fill the hole and put the running back on the ground. This guy is a tackling machine. But don’t peg Ragland as just a base defender who has to come off the field on third downs. He has enough juice in his legs to drop in zone coverage, close on the ball and be used as a matchup weapon in the blitz packages. Ragland versus a running back in protection? I’m taking the linebacker in that one — and broken chinstraps. This is an immediate upgrade for Ryan’s defense, an ideal fit for the 3-4 scheme and an absolute steal for the Bills in the second-round. It was a smart move to trade up with Ragland still on the board.
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