ILB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
Reggie Ragland’s name has long been associated with the Packers, who are in desperate need of an inside linebacker. Ragland is arguably the best the class has to offer, and he could help fix one of the biggest holes on the roster.
A thumper, Ragland would immediately give Green Bay’s leaky run defense a facelift. The unit has long been stout defending the pass, but holding up on the ground has been the Achilles heel. Ragland’s old-school style would help shore up the heart of Dom Capers’ defense.
Along with Darron Lee, Ragland is considered a first-round talent. That’s where the similarities between the two end. Lee is undersized for the position but excels in coverage with elite speed and athleticism. Ragland on the other hand doesn’t possess the same quickness or coverage ability, but his best work shows up on tape as a hard-hitting, tough run-stuffer.
Lee will likely be gone by the time the Packers pick at No. 27. If Thompson wants to find an immediate upgrade at inside linebacker, look no further than Ragland. Will he fall to the bottom of the opening round? There’s plenty of confidence among draft analysts he will.
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