>>SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Reggie Ragland is a senior from the University of Alabama. He could’ve left for the NFL last season but decided to stay at Alabama to win a championship and complete his degree. His stellar play earned him numerous All-American honors and landed him finalist spots for multiple national awards. Nick Saban’s do-it-all linebacker was the heartbeat of the Crimson Tide’s defense. At 6’2″, 250 pounds, Ragland has the size to deliver big hits. He’s a strong tackler who takes accurate first steps. His understanding of angles and leverage help him when in pursuit. Ragland has no fear of stepping into a hole or colliding with blockers, notching four sacks and four forced fumbles with Alabama. More than a good blitzer and run stopper, he is also a reliable open-field tackler who can play in both a 3-4 and a 4-3 defense. An instinctive player, Ragland knows how to navigate through traffic and get to the ballcarrier, often stopping running backs at or behind the line of scrimmage. But Ragland isn’t just good against the run. He also has the ability to play well in pass coverage. He’s rarely fooled on bootleg and play-action passes and is solid in zone coverage. During the 2015 season, he had seven pass breakups and showed the ability to get his hands in the pass lanes. He capped off his senior season winning SEC Defensive Player of the Year and being named a finalist for the Nagurski, Bednarik, and Butkus awards. Not only is he a consensus All-American and captain of one of the nation’s best defenses, he also has dedicated himself to volunteer work and improving his community in Tuscaloosa. Ragland did well at the combine, running a 4.72 40-yard dash, which ranked 12th among linebackers. He also ran the 20-yard shuttle in 4.28 seconds, which ranked sixth. Complemented by his physical play and knowledge of the game, Reggie Ragland is expected to be a first-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft.>>Thank you for watching this presentation of NFL Network. Watch the National Football League 24 hours a day on NFL Network.