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2018 NFL Draft scouting reports: Arkansas C Frank Ragnow

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Sosa Kremenjas takes a look at a potential target for the Los Angeles Rams on Day 2 of the draft.

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Another day another 2018 NFL Draft prospect, right? This time we’re going to take a look at Arkansas C Frank Ragnow.

Why is he relevant to the Los Angeles Rams? Well starting C John Sullivan is 32-years old and a free agent in 2020, and starting RG Jamon Brown could stand to be upgraded and is a free agent after the season.

This would not only allow Ragnow a chance to start right away at right guard where he has experience but a potential move to center down the line as well.

Ragnow is a three-year starter at Arkansas as well as a team captain.

Let’s take a look at the tape:

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On this rep, Ragnow is lined up at C and the Razorbacks are running a HB screen. Ragnow baits the DL into him, holds his block for a second, and releases out into the flat where he can be the personal protector for the HB. At the second level, he identifies his target and just eviscerates him. This is a great showing of a relatively athletic and nasty C in open space.

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Again playing center on this snap, Ragnow gets a chance to show off his ability in pass pro which he’s tremendous at. Actually, he never allowed a single sack at Arkansas! But anyways, back to the play. Ragnow anchors with sheer strength and power, allows basically not an inch of space for the defensive lineman, and then finishes the block at the end by tossing the defender to the floor.

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The mental processing for Ragnow is also a good trait which he possesses as evident on this snap. He has no issue handing off his stunting DL and taking on the oncoming defender. You can’t block a stunt better than this.

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This QB draw is wildly unsuccessful, but Ragnow plays no part in that. Ragnow is actually lined up at RG here, and just take a look at what he does to potential first round pick Alabama DT Da’Ron Payne. Drive, strength, power, and nastiness. Those are all gorgeous qualities in a tone-setting offensive lineman.

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Another snap at RG for Ragnow. This time he works his way immediately to the second level and finds his target. Though he initially got knocked back from the contact, he recovered his balance and drove the LB into the ground.


Ragnow has shown plenty of ability at two interior positions on the offensive line. He’s very good in all these categories: moving in space, working to the second level, turning defensive linemen out to open a lane for a running back, powerful run blocker, anchor, excellent in pass pro, tough, nasty, and finishes blocks.

If the Rams are going to be in the market for an offensive line prospect, there may not be a better option than Frank Ragnow. The question for the Rams becomes, do they even get a chance to draft him?

We’ll see come draft day.