TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Former Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland won’t have to wait long to see the field in the NFL.
In an interview with the NFL Network’s show NFL Total Access, Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley said Ragland, former Clemson defensive lineman Shaq Lawson and former Ohio State defensive tackle Adolphus Washington will all “start right off the bus.”
The Bills drafted Ragland at No. 41 overall in the second round of April’s draft. He joins former Alabama star Marcell Dareus on Rex Ryan’s team.
“We’re excited about what he brings to our team,” Whaley said of Ragland. “As coach has always said, what we want to be is a physical team. We want anybody that comes in to play the Buffalo Bills to know that they’re going to have to strap that chinstrap up a little bit tighter, and know that they’re going to be in a fight. That’s what he brings, that physicality. Then you add to the fact that the defense he ran in college is very, very similar to the defense we’re going to be running this year. That and the combination of him coming from a winning program. All those qualities just made us feel like this is the type of guy we want on our team.
“We thought he would be our pick at 19. We never dreamed that we would be able to get him and Shaq Lawson with our first two picks.”
Ragland led Alabama and finished among the top-10 SEC tacklers with 102 (60 solo) last season. He earned SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors and was also tabbed as a unanimous All-American.