The Ravens apparently have their eye on another Alabama inside linebacker.
Reggie Ragland has met with the Ravens during this week’s Senior Bowl activities according to several reports. Jon Ledyard of TheDraftWire.com tweeted that Ragland confirmed his meeting with the Ravens and Chiefs, and that he was scheduled to meet with the Packers.
Much will happen between now and the draft, but the Ravens’ interest in Ragland is not surprising. They took Alabama inside linebacker C. J. Mosley in the first round (17th pick) in 2014, and Mosley made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome is an Alabama legend, obviously well-connected with information on Crimson Tide players.
It seems highly unlikely the Ravens would take Ragland with the No. 6 pick. Most mock drafts have Ragland going in the first round, but not in the top 10. Colleague Ben Standig has Ragland going No. 19 to the Bills in his latest mock draft.
However, if the Ravens traded back, or if Ragland hung around until the late first round or early second round, the Ravens could decide to move on him if they are enamored. There is no guarantee that veteran inside linebacker Daryl Smith will be brought back next season, and the Ravens need more speed and playmakers defensively.
Mosley mentored Ragland at Alabama, and Mosley was on the sidelines to see the Crimson Tide win another national championship earlier this month. If the Ravens were to draft Ragland, they would hope his transition to the NFL would be as smooth as Mosley’s.
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