Detroit Lions: How the 2018 draft class can take the next step
Drafted/School: 1st round (20th overall) / Arkansas
Height/Weight: 6-5, 308
2018 Stats: 16 games played, 16 starts
2018 in review:
Ragnow enjoyed a strong offseason and stepped into the starting left guard spot almost immediately. This, despite playing primarily as a center in his senior season at Arkansas. He solidified the position and played a large role in the Lions drastically improving their rushing attack in 2018. He did endure his share of bumps as a rookie though, particularly in pass protection. According to Pro Football Focus‘ (PFF) advanced grading system, he finished with a pass blocking mark of only 55.5, good for just 86th among NFL guards.
Next steps for 2019:
Ragnow figures to make the requisite jump as a sophomore. He’ll be playing alongside the same left tackle (Taylor Decker) and the same center (Graham Glasgow), in addition to having the same offensive line coach in Jeff Davidson as he did in 2018. That continuity should help push Ragnow to the next level, and new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s run-friendly offense should play to his strengths.
The Lions will face a number of talented opposing defensive fronts in 2019; the Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos as well as divisional rivals the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings to name a few. Hence, they will be relying on Ragnow to anchor the offensive line and prove his worth as a first round pick.