Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Reggie Ragland is one of the top prospects in Mobile, Alabama for the annual Senior Bowl. On Tuesday, the first day of practice, all eyes were on the national champion as he was being moved along the defensive formation by Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley.
Ragland, who made his name known as a force at inside linebacker, was moved to the edge and played the OTTO position in Bradley’s scheme. The OTTO position allows Ragland to move all over the field, in essence giving him more opportunities to flash his skillset and make a difference.
“OTTO is kind of going to be on the edge, we’d like to have some pass rush ability, in a pinch he could go down in a third-down situation to blitz him off the edge,” Jaguars defensive coordinator Babich previously said when discussing the position with Jaguars Today on 1010XL.
Following his first day of practice on the edge, Ragland was asked about the new position during a media session on Tuesday night.
“I don’t worry about what people say about me. I go out there and do the best I can. I know I can do it all, I just got to prove that,” Ragland said. “I feel like I can play in any scheme. Where it is or what position doesn’t matter to me, I just want the opportunity to play in the NFL.”
That willingness to line up wherever the coaches ask shows a positive side of Ragland as a prospect.
If he is willing to come into one of the biggest job interviews of his life and take on a new defensive role, it shows that he is ready to do whatever it takes to make his impact on a team.
As the week goes on, it will be interesting to see how Ragland develops into that roll if Bradley continues to play him on the edge.
For now, Ragland will just have to focus on doing his best to impress NFL scouts regardless of his position. So far, it appears that he has been doing just that as he has had formal meetings with the Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
And don’t worry about Ragland’s ability to step into a storied franchise to make an impact. He is more than ready for the challenge.
“I’m trying to bring smartness and toughness to the game, just like [Urlacher and Butkus] did,” Ragland said when asked about joining a team with a strong history like the Bears. “Alabama has a rich history at linebacker also, so whatever they did I will go back and study it and hopefully I can do the same and follow in their footsteps.”
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