Frank Ragnow didn’t have to wait long to be selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, as the former Arkansas center was selected by the Detroit Lions with the No. 20 overall pick in the first round.
Now, Ragnow will try to live up to that early selection by aiming to have a successful NFL career. According to one Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinee, the former Razorbacks standout should prove his worth early.
Willie Roaf, who played 13 seasons in the NFL as a tackle, told Detroit Free Press freelance writer Tom Shanahan that he believes Ragnow’s versatility will help the Lions, and that he’ll quickly have success as a professional.
“He’ll get stronger and it will translate well with his quickness,” Roaf said, per the report. “When you have his quickness, feet and balance, you can play multiple positions. He’s not only able to play guard or center, he’s tall enough he could play tackle if they needed him. …
“He’ll be able to move around, but they want to get him where he’s striving at one position. Then they want to lock him into that position. I think he can be a Pro Bowler within the next couple of years.”
That’s high praise coming from Roaf, who played for the New Orleans Saints from 1993-2001 and the Kansas City Chiefs from 2002-05. Roaf made 11 Pro Bowls and was named a first-team All-Pro three times.