Scouting Report: Frank Ragnow, iOL, Arkansas

Frank Ragnow | 6047 | 307 | 33 ¼ | 9 ⅛ |


Games Watched: v. 12 Ole Miss (2016), @ 21 Auburn (2016), v. 10 Texas A&M (2016), v Texas A&M (2017)

 

Relevant Stats:

– Arkansas 2 Back, Run oriented, play action shot football team

– Prior to 2017 injury, missed 43 snaps in 33 games.

– 0 sacks in 2600+ career snaps

– Allowed pressures on ~2.5% of pass pro snaps in 2017

 

Accolades:

2017

– Pro Football Focus All-America first team

– CBS Sports All-America first team

– FWAA All-America second team

– Associated Press All-America third team

– Phil Steele All-SEC first team

– Associated Press All-SEC second team

– Senior CLASS Award Finalist

– Wuerffel Trophy Semifinalist

– Jason Witten Man of the Year Semifinalist

– SEC Community Service Team

2016

– Pro Football Focus All-America first team

– Associated Press All-SEC second team

– Pro Football Focus All-SEC first team

– Phil Steele All-America fourth team

– Phil Steele All-SEC first team

– Pro Football Focus Best Offensive Lineman

– Pro Football Focus Best Run Blocker

 

Injuries:

He was hurt 7 weeks into the 2017 season suffering a season-ending “lower leg/high ankle” injury.  Head coach Bret Bielema is quoted as “it’s a minor procedure that has had a high, high success rate. He should have a 12-week recovery and then be full strength.” Prior to this, he started 33 consecutive games since taking over as a starter during his sophomore year.  In this time, he has only missed 43 snaps. It’s my best guess that he will be able to hold up over a 16+ game season and would place him in the “low” concern for future injuries category.


Best: Mental Processing, Toughness, Downfield blocking (pulls/screens/climbing)

Athletically, he has very good acceleration in space, good to very good speed, good acceleration off of the snap and balance, and solid upper body strength.  His frame is versatile at almost 6’5 with good arm length and has day 1 starter weight in a zone scheme. He is a 2 year captain with a high motor, who will finish most to all blocks, play snap-to-whistle, seem “angry or violent” sometimes, and remains consistent throughout the game without a noticeable stamina drop off even into overtime games.  Pre-snap, he is their line play caller usually, looking around and always has his eyes up. Off of the snap on passes, he is often first off the ball, very good at handling the rush initially and identifying blitzes, good at taking on stunts, has a good first step that doesn’t waste movement to get into his drop, solid to good at placing his initial punch, and has solid punch strength.  He effectively handled push-pulls, chops, swims, interior speed rushes, stunts, switches and weaker bull rushes for initial movements in addition to remaining dependable on 3 & long or long drops. He is solid to good at handling counter mentally and was able to effectively handle chop, swim, push-pull, and routinely won mid-late-play hand fights with solid hand strength while not getting grabby.  When countering rush moves, he had good hand replacement and leverage, solid hip movement, and solid at resetting his feet to mirror his assignment. He handles linebackers rushing with relative ease. He is an avid “work-finder”, always looking to hit his guard’s assignments, a very good helper with one or both hands, always has his eyes up looking for late blitzers or finding where to slide to for work. Off the snap on running plays, he has a good first step, good hand placement, leverage and punch, and solid hip leverage and punch strength.  He is very good at boxing out his assignment, had good footwork and hips/core strength when reaching to or turning his assignment, and solid at releveraging if he is beat off initial contact. He drives has good foot drive when in contact, and displays good to very good ability to duo block and move to the second level. When pulling or moving to the second level he is very good at walling off defenders, mirroring their movements and getting out in front of the runner and good at latching on in space. He is able to complete duos, climbs, reaches, driving from zone, pulls front and back side, and down blocks.


Worst: Anchor footwork/strength, Core/Lower body strength, Hand timing

Athletically, he has adequate lower body strength and is a bit tall out of his stance and may cause problems for shorter QBs reading the center of the field at almost 6’5.  The Arkansas OL rarely rose to the occasion on the goal line, often getting stuffed, including Ragnow. He is high off of the snap in pass protection with adequate hand-shoot timing.  His hips have adequate anchor strength and he is poor at sinking his hips to anchor with a (poor) very narrow foot base when anchoring causing him to struggle vs. bull rushes both from 1, 2 or 3 technique alignment.  He struggles vs. bull rushes both as an initial move and as a counter. Although it wasn’t in his tape that I saw, I believe he would struggle vs. a solid spin move because his hips are adequate at turning to react to getting beat to a spot or adjust to a setup jab.  As a run blocker, many of the same concerns from pass protection are relevant. He can be high out of his stance (less as a run blocker, specifically on inside zone or when there is no 1-tech in his desired spot) causing him to give up his chest more than he has to, adequate hand timing and hips/core strength with a relatively narrow foot base (looks more like he’s driving a blocking sled rather than walking a defender back).  Also, he is susceptible to a pull-push if he thinks the RB should be by him already but, isn’t and when he is (for example) blocking them to the left and the pull starts to the left.

 


Conclusion:

As mentioned in my report as well as per coaches, he is a captain with good mental processing and should be able to pick up a playbook well, possibly making calls early.  He appears to have a starting NFL iOL physique for a zone team early but, will need to put on a few pounds to play Guard in a power scheme. Early or day 1 starter that will be scheme versatile.  He would be an excellent third round value pick and from what I’ve read, he’s considered in the second/third tier of iOL so, he could possibly last into the late 4th, depending on runs.

1st year: Day 1-Early starter at G (assuming that he is fully recovered to team standards, as he should be) you can win with.  Can start at C if the team has a G/T who makes protection calls until he learns the system/mental requirements at the next level.

3rd year: Win with, possibly win because of starter who will be a valuable asset as a signal caller on an OL.




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