It’s not the most exciting thing in the world to select an offensive lineman in the NFL Draft, but a strong offensive line is key to a team’s long-term success. It wouldn’t be the sexiest pick to make headlines for the Saints, but with Max Unger’s advanced age, a player like Arkansas Center Frank Ragnow could be a smart pick for New Orleans.
- Age: 21 years old
- Height: 6’5
- Weight: 312 lbs
- Arms: 33 1/8”
- Hands: 9 3/8”
- Bench Press: 26
Three-year starter and team captain who brings a desired level of physical demeanor to the field each game. Ragnow won’t wow you with foot quickness or athleticism, but he takes smart angles to his blocks and shouldn’t be limited by scheme. His size, power, and anchor is a big plus as is his ability to swing over to guard if needed. Ragnow could struggle to stay connected to blocks against athletic interior linemen with quick hands, but his baseline play is equal to a solid NFL starter.
(per Pro Football Focus draft guide)
Ragnow checks almost all the boxes one could want from a center other than his health (senior year ended with high-ankle injury). He’s a three-year starter with dominant tape that has experience at both guard (2015) and center (2016 and 2017). The Arkansas center has also done it against top competition in the SEC and never once looked overmatched.
Would you be happy if the Saints drafted Frank Ragnow?
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