After comparing Alabama’s Derrick Henry and Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott early this week, ESPN’s Sports Science took a crack at breaking down Alabama All-American Reggie Ragland.
The piece spotlights Ragland’s explosiveness, his range and other attributes that make him one of the top linebackers in this draft class. Ragland is one of three Alabama defenders projected to be taken in the first round of this year’s NFL draft. Ragland anchored the middle of Alabama’s defense last season, and helped the Crimson Tide to its fourth national championship in seven years.
Listed at 6-foot-1, 247 pounds, Ragland’s testing ranks in the neighborhood as All-Pro Navorro Bowman (49ers).
One of the highlights the clip focuses on is Ragland’s ability to close in on ball carriers. According to the clip, Ragland uses his powerful calf muscles, which come in at “an absurd 19-inch circumference”, to build up power and speed. At their widest, Ragland’s calves are “bigger than a typical fire extinguisher.”
You can watch the full video HERE.