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2018 Cardinals Draft Prospect: C/G Frank Ragnow

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2018 Cardinals Draft Profile

Name: Frank Ragnow 

Twitter: @KNARFWONGAR

Position: Center/Guard

School: Arkansas

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 320

Projected: 3rd-5th

Stats:

2017 (Senior): PFF All-America First Team; CBS Sports All-America First Team; AP All-America Third Team; FWAA All-America Second Team

2016 (Junior): PFF All-America First Team; PFF Best Offensive Lineman; PFF Best Run Blocker; AP All-SEC Second Team; Phil Steele All-America Fourth Team

2015 (Sophomore): Started 13 games at right guard; Arkansas led SEC in fewest sacks allowed

2014 (Freshman): Coaches All-SEC Freshman Team; Sporting News All-True Freshman Team

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Bio:

Frank Ragnow went into the 2017 season as the top center in college football. An ankle injury in October ended his season. Since becoming a starter during his sophomore season, Ragnow missed just 43 offensive snaps prior to the ankle injury. Prior to the injury he started 33 consecutive games, not allowing a sack in over 2,600 career snaps at center and right guard.

Team Fit:

Ragnow is a large man who can play any interior offensive line position. With just about any team in the league, Ragnow would be an immediate starter at either guard or center. For the Cardinals it comes down to which position they view as their weakest along the line. If an upgrade at center is needed then Ragnow will slide in there. For a mid-round option, Ragnow provides much-needed versatility and talent.

Strengths:

Played against elite competition in the SEC and often had the advantage. Large body with great strength. Hands constantly in the right position, coiled and ready to punch at defenders. Very strong run blocker who also shows potential to be an equally talented pass blocker. Once engaged in a block, defenders struggle to shake Ragnow off. A starter in the SEC since his sophomore year, Ragnow has the smarts and natural instincts to be an immediate impact.

Weaknesses:

Will need to show ability to move quickly on his feet. At times seemed just a bit too slow when on the run. He will need to show his surgically repaired ankle is fully healed. Will struggle against defenders with speed. He has shown the propensity to stand upright which will cause issues with balance against NFL caliber defenders.

– Ryan Adverderada is the Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage Cardinals. Like and follow on and Facebook.

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