The Ravens have used the Senior Bowl as an opportunity to look at prospects for the draft and you can usually expect them to take at least one of the players they see there, as Crockett Gillmore, Brandon Williams, Kelechi Osemele, Nick Boyle, Joe Flacco, and Marshal Yanda are just a few of the players that the Ravens found at the Senior Bowl.
Ravens have spoken with Alabama LB Reggie Ragland. Could be a foreshadowing of a draft choice. pic.twitter.com/lwXhVdDtK4— Ravens Nation™ (@TheRavensLIVE) January 26, 2016
Ragland took over for C.J. Mosley in 2014 after the Ravens took him in the first round. In the two years that Ragland has been the starter on Alabama's defense, he has stacked up 106 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, four sacks, one interception, 10 pass deflections, and three forced fumbles. Ragland was also voted the SEC's Defensive Player of the Year in 2015.
Ozzie has a history (albeit an exaggerated one) of taking Alabama players, as Ravens draftees Ralph Staten, Jarret Johnson, Terrence Cody, Courtney Upshaw, and C.J. Mosley have all played for the Crimson Tide before they were drafted by the Ravens.
Ragland primarily plays inside linebacker, but he has been used as a pass-rusher from the defensive end position in Alabama during passing situations and he has moved to outside linebacker for the Senior Bowl. Ragland is confident that he can succeed at outside linebacker and show scouts that he can be a three-down linebacker in the NFL with his pass rush ability and coverage ability.
Ragland is currently being projected to go anywhere from the middle of the first round to the second round. However, if he can impress NFL scouts at the Senior Bowl, NFL Combine, and Pro Day, he could rise up the draft boards and might be in the conversation for the Ravens at sixth overall.