30 in 30: Frank Ragnow

Buffalo Bills

Frank Ragnow’s career is almost the stuff of legend. In his four years, he amassed more than 2600 snaps and never allowed a sack.

And, according to the website Pro Football Focus, Ragnow graded out as the top center in each of that last two seasons.  But, he believes he’s as versatile as they come in terms of offensive linemen.

“Me personally, I think I can play all five (positions). Obviously in college, I played center and guard but I have the length and the footwork to slide out and play tackle,” he said during the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.  “So, I definitely think that will help me.”

After his senior season was cut short due to an ankle injury, Ragnow was cleared to resume football activities prior to the NFL Combine in March.  While there is no debating his dominance on the field, there is plenty of chatter surrounding where the center could come off the board.  Some project Ragnow as a first rounder, while others see him as a 2nd or 3rd round selection. He could even go as late as the 4th round.

Ragnow isn’t too worried about that.

“I’ve really tried to put the blinders on.  I’ve gotten a lot of praise for my game. I think a lot of people respect my game,” he added.

“I think I’ve kind of been lost in the mix of things because of my injury, but I think teams do realize that I’ve shown I can do and when I can get back, I can be a pretty good football player.”

Despite the signing of Russell Bodine, with the career-ending neck injury to Eric Wood, there is a still a need to secure some depth and future at the center position for the Bills. Ragnow is reportedly meeting with the Bills on Friday.

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