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Vikings Prospect Player Card: Frank Ragnow | C | Arkansas

A look at 2018 NFL Draft prospects who could be on Minnesota's radar

As the NFL Draft approaches, Vikings Territory is taking a look at prospects that may interest the Minnesota Vikings. Since it’s evident the team would like to add a long-term offensive line starter at some point in the early rounds, let’s examine the players who could fit that mold.

  • School: Arkansas
  • Position: C/G
  • Projected round: 2-3
  • Age: 21
  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 320 lbs.
  • Arm: 33 1/8″
  • Hand: 9 3/8″
  • Bench press: 26 reps of 225 pounds
  • *DNP in remainder of drills due to ankle injury*

Vikings Interest: 10/10

  • Pro Football Focus (PFF) considers Ragnow the best center prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft.
  • He’s been PFF’s highest-graded center the past two seasons.

  • Has been dominant in both the passing game AND running game.
  • Considered a “high-character” guy with valued leadership and locker room traits. Check out this fantastic interview between Ragnow and Darren Wolfson of KSTP.
  • Did not allow a quarterback sack in four years at Arkansas.
  • Named team captain by teammates.
  • Ragnow is a self-described “Minnesota boy.” He grew up near Chanhassen, Minnesota.
  • He has playing experience at both guard positions as well as center.
  • Ragnow has been trending upward, with some reports suggesting he may go as high as the first round.
  • Ragnow is coming off a season-ending high ankle injury.
  • Considered not as gifted athletically as other offensive line prospects in the draft.

Bottom Line

Ragnow’s floor is equal to that of a solid NFL starter.

Potential OL starters:

LT Riley Reiff – LG Nick Easton – C Pat Elflein – RG Frank Ragnow – RT Mike Remmers

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and previously wrote for Rant Sports. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBoarMan.

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6 Comments

  1. I could live with this pick ~ No matter what the Vikings do on draft day they are sure to Pi$$ some fans off ~ I read somewhere the Vikings are not looking to bring Newman back so a CB could be in the mix early also ~ DT and LB could also get a strong look at # 30 ~

    As for Ragnow ~ I would be happy just based off what little I know about the guy ~ I will leave it up to Spielman and Zimmer to get it right ~ They know the DT’s they will be facing and if it’s worth picking someone like Ragnow far better than I do ~

    Come on Thursday ~ !!!!!

  2. That was a cool interview with Ragnow ty for the link. Hopefully he gets to wear purple and gold. I think he will be very good wherever he goes.

  3. PFF loves Ragnow and they make a good argument for him. Not only was he their highest rated OC but he filled in for (I believe) Left Guard against Alabama of all teams and did the best job against them out of position. Depending on who is there when we pick, I wouldn’t be mad for Minnesota taking Ragnow. I wonder who would be the center in that case because Elflein did a good job there last year.

  4. Ragnow is taylor made for the Vikings. Hell, even his name says so. For me he’d be a good selection at 30, but would be a second round steal if we can move up a few spots to grab him up.

    1. My dream scenario is some team in the top of the second trading up into our spot to beat New England to a QB. The Colts have two picks (36 & 37) and might like to move up too. I think we’ll have a lot of good options where we are but Ragnow would be a good add. I think he would instantly fit in.

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