atlGM Posted March 12, 2016 Share Posted March 12, 2016 (edited) Just to illustrate what imo are misconceptions surrounding Ragaland's athletic ability take a look at these measurables 40- 4.84 10 yard split- 1.65 20 yard split- 2.79 20 yard shuttle- 4.7 vert 31 1/2 broad jump 09'04" 40 4.72 10 yard split- 1.65 20 yard split- 2.75 20 yard shuttle- 4.28 vert- 31 1/2 broad jump- 09'08" Just looking at these numbers side by side would you guess that the first guy is danny trevathan(pro day) and the second Ragland(combine)? Leading up to free agency Travathan is guy who was been praised for his 3 down ability and a favorite amungst TATF members. But the measurables say Ragland is if not the same a better athlete. So then putting what both of these guys have done into context i come away with this. Alabama had a better coverage LB in Forster and took advantage of Ragland's ability to hold 260 lb's playing lb and used him as more of a pass rusher and blitzer in most pass rushing situations. Travathan played on team that had the best front four and arguably the best secondary in the league not to mention he wasn't asked to cover the whole field due to the that they ran a 3-4 base defesne and he had a another good linebacker iBrandon Marshall playing next to him. So i'm just confused to how the overall consensus was made that travathan was no brainer free agent pickup but Ragland isn't a scheme fit. Here's a copy of NFL.com's scouting reports they both question each guys coverage ability Ragland STRENGTHS Old-school, take-on middle linebacker who plays the game the way Nick Saban likes. Steps into hole and will swap paint with lead blockers in order to constrict his gap. Instinctive linebacker who trusts his eyes and goes. Showed greater understanding of angles and leverage this year. Wont overcommit when flowing to ball carrier and almost always finds his run fits. Missed tackles fell from ten in 2014 to just three this season. Played with hand in ground as an edge rusher in some subpackages. Showed greater willingness to take chances downhill. Nasty hitter with above average play strength. WEAKNESSES Some scouts question his play speed. Can be inconsistent with his angles when playing downhill. Could get himself in trouble miscalculating NFL speed to the perimeter. Will get locked up more often by pro linemen if he tries to take on all blocks rather than punch and shed. Alabamas outstanding defensive front allowed him to roam unblocked for much of the year. Can handle himself in zone coverage but man cover skills are limited. Trevathan STRENGTHS Trevathan is a good lateral mover who makes plays sideline to sideline. He can run everything down. He relies on his speed to rush the passer and brings a physical, explosive drive-shoulder tackle when he reaches the quarterback. He has good hands to secure interceptions and is active in the pass game even though he struggles when dropping. A classic undersized, athletic lateral mover at outside backer. WEAKNESSES Trevathan is an undersized backer who can struggle to shed away from bigger offensive lineman. He should be able to pass drop given his size, but he struggles there as well and seems to be unaware in terms of recognition and understanding how to play in space when defending the pass. He is better in tight and gets somewhat exposed when playing zone coverage. He can also be slow to diagnose plays at times; he needs to hit plays full speed to be effective. He can overrun plays at times even though he is effective in chase. Edited March 12, 2016 by atlGM Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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