Mobile, Ala. (WHNT) - Reggie Ragland doesn't have much left to prove at the collegiate level, but the NFL brings new challenges. "That's really what he's doing now. I can play on the inside, I can line up on the outside, I can rush. That's what I told him, the more you can do is always a benefit to you," South Team head coach Gus Bradley said Tuesday.
Bradley would know, his day job as the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach gives him the authority to evaluate talent. "He made plays from sideline to sideline today. What I saw out here today, I can see why he's held in high regard." Ragland's goal this week in Mobile is to increase his stock as a potential first round draft pick.
Scouts can turn on the tape and see how he plays the run as an inside linebacker, but there aren't many examples of dropping back in coverage or rushing off the edge. Saturday's Senior Bowl will give Ragland the chance to prove his worth on the outside. A business decision will be followed immediately by the harsh reality of wearing his crimson helmet one final time.
"It really hasn't sunk in yet and probably won't until after the game is over. It's fun to play one last time with my brothers on the field and grinding with them. I'm gonna take this moment in and enjoy it, every bit."
Aside from playing with his fellow Crimson Tide seniors, Ragland is aware of the honor that comes with playing at the Senior Bowl. "playing in this prestigious game a lot of people played in before me. Meeting a lot of people and growing relationship wise with a bunch of people. Is a fun experience."