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Despite Not Getting The Hype Frank Ragnow Is A Solid & Safe Option To Help The Redskins Interior OL

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2018 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

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Frank Ragnow, OG/C
School: Arkansas | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 6-5 / 312 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 2nd Round
NFL Comparison: Ryan Kelly

College Statistics

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Player Overview

Frank Ragnow was a 3-star prospect from Chanhassen, Minnesota and was originally recruited as an offensive tackle. Ragnow was a sought-after recruit and received offers from Florida State, Miami, Wisconsin, and Ohio State to name a few top football programs but chose Arkansas because he thought the fit was great for him and he wanted to play under former head coach Bret Bielema. Ragnow started 33 consecutive games at right guard and at center in his career before an ankle injury broke his starting streak this past season. Ragnow probably hasn't gotten the pre-draft attention he deserves because of his injury and the top end talent in this guard and center class but make no mistake, his abilities are up there with offensive linemen that are probable day two selections. Ragnow is stout in pass protection and can be a factor in the run game. He was praised by his coaches for his work ethic and leadership and is viewed as a prospect who will be likely to start very early in his career.

Strengths

  • Good size, strength, and length for the position. As a former offensive tackle, he has an advantage in the arm length department and his build is very compact and lean in a good way.
  • Plays with good arm extension and wide base and is able to hold his ground in pass protection. His head is on a swivel and if the defense doesn't come his way he looks to help out his teammates. As a run blocker, he can lead with good power and make his way up to the second level. Quick off his snap and gets his hands into the defender's chest and immediately tries to seal him.
  • Has nasty finishing ability and will pancake guys, he is particularly threatening on the run and with his ability when he makes contact with second level defenders they don't stand much of a chance.
  • Quick and agile in space, if he plays OG in the NFL you would feel comfortable with his ability to pull and run out front on screens.

Weaknesses

  • A taller interior lineman who needs to play with more consistent pad level. Short quicker defensive players can win the leverage battle and he can get thrown off balance.
  • His lower half doesn't always keep up with the upper half and he has a tendency to lean forward especially on the run. Not bad on its own but if a quicker player makes him whiff on contact it can render him ineffective.
  • Can have trouble lunging with interior blitz stunts regarding his redirection and recovery skills.

Let's see his work:

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How He Would Fit On The Redskins

I think I like a handful of guard and center prospects (Daniels, Price, Nelson, Wynn, and Hernandez) bit better than Ragnow as I view them as more than ready to hit the ground running at their positions when they are selected. I think Ragnow has some relatively minor but not insignificant technique issues to work out regarding his balance and leverage that might take him a half season or more to really get a handle on. Working with an NFL offensive line coach should really help him out. While he is position versatile I think he is a center if he’s drafted by the Redskins. I think moving him to left guard wouldn't make too much sense because of potential dexterity issues (he’s only played right guard in college) and Chase Roullier has three seasons worth of experience at left guard and could easily move over to that spot. Ragnow’s mentality, physicality, and work ethic should make him a starting center for the majority of his career. He plays with the power, stoutness, and grit you want out of the anchor of your offensive line. Him being praised for his leadership is also a could quality to have at a position that is critical to calling blocking protections and getting everyone on the line in order. A third rounder would certainly come in handy if the Redskins could manage to get one back - a starting caliber player would certainly be in the mix. Regardless of where he is ultimately selected Ragnow could certainly help the Redskins and their run blocking woes as well as provide reliable protection for Alex Smith. What I like most about him is his movement ability north and south which he doesn't get enough credit for. I would love to see him out there for the Skins throwing one of the lead blocks on a screen for the running back.