The Detroit Lions selected Arkansas offensive lineman Frank Ragnow with pick No. 20 in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday night.
Size: 6-foot-5, 312 lbs
Ragnow should solidify and essentially complete Detroit’s offensive line overhaul that Bob Quinn started when he took over three drafts ago by grabbing left tackle Taylor Decker with his first ever draft pick as Lions general manager.
Many were upset when the Lions passed on a fan-favorite, defensive end Harold Landry, still on the board at pick No. 20. But Ragnow could be both a safe and smart pick for a Lions team hoping to rebuild its running game after nearly a decade of futility.
Both Lions tackle spots are solidified with Taylor Decker and Rick Wagner. While left guard T.J. Lang is one of the league’s best interior linemen. Former third-round pick Graham Glasgow is able to play center or guard. It’s unclear whether Detroit plans to play the versatile Ragnow at guard or center, but with those five guys, Quinn’s rebuild of Detroit’s offensive trenches is complete.
Check out some of what NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein had to say about Ragnow in his scouting report below.
“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.”
Matt’s Draft Grade: B
Hard to really give this a bad grade when it fills a need and should make this team better immediately. Harold Landry would have made more sense in the minds of fans, but if the team didn’t feel he was a better prospect than Ragnow, they made the right choice.
The Lions have no more draft picks tonight, unless they trade up, which is highly unlikely. Stay tuned to Full Press Lions as the draft unfolds and watch Ragnow’s highlights below.