We knew this would happen eventually. The Chicago Bears have a definite need for an inside linebacker and Alabama's Reggie Ragland is one of the top ILBs available in the upcoming draft. ESPN's Vaughn McClure, who covers the Atlanta Falcons, tweeted out that Ragland hasn't met with the Falcons yet, but he has spoken with the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers. It has also been reported that he's met with the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers.
Even though Ragland asked to play outside linebacker this week at the Senior Bowl, some NFL scouts still have him pegged as an NFL Mike. Our own EJ Snyder has already taken an in-depth look at Ragland in his Draftwatch series saying, "He (Ragland) is as skilled as anyone currently playing college football at tracking down running backs and causing an explosion when he gets there. In other words, he's a natural linebacker."
After weighing in at 259 pounds and standing 6'1", Ragland went out and had a very good first practice.
Reggie Ragland might be the best player here but he's not taking it easy— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) January 26, 2016
Senior Bowl: Bama LB Reggie Ragland tore up 1-on-1 pass rush with athleticism & power. Moves well in the open field at 6-1, 259. Stud.— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) January 26, 2016
Already impressed w/ Alabama LB Reggie Ragland. Can rush the passer, but versatile enough to play multiple spots in 3-4.— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) January 26, 2016
By Ragland playing OLB this week (in the South's 4-3 defense) he's trying to show his versatility to NFL teams. Playing for a coach that will line his front seven up anywhere to exploit mismatches, a coach like Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, could be something that comes to fruition if the Bears take Ragland at 11th overall.
What are your thoughts on Ragland at 11 for the Bears?