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Camp Spotlight: Offensive lineman Frank Ragnow


Position: Interior offensive lineman

Ht/Wt: 6-5, 308

College: Arkansas

Experience: Rookie

Outlook: For the second time in three years, Lions general manager Bob Quinn used his first-round pick to bolster Detroit's offensive line.

In his first draft as general manager back in 2016, he selected left tackle Taylor Decker 16th overall. This past offseason, he took Frank Ragnow with the 20th overall pick.

Ragnow played both center and guard at Arkansas, and didn't give up a sack his entire college career. He was graded as the best center in college football the last two seasons by Pro Football Focus.

Ragnow has stepped right into the left guard spot with the first-team offense from Day 1, and is expected to be a starter there when the regular season begins. He is big, strong, athletic and moves well.

The Lions are hopeful Ragnow, Decker, Graham Glasgow, T.J. Lang and Rick Wagner stay healthy and become a good starting five upfront for them in 2018.

View photos of offensive lineman Frank Ragnow from Day 3 of 2018 Detroit Lions Training Camp presented by Rocket Mortgage.

Practice report: The pads were on for the first time in training camp, and that meant the physicality and tempo increased quite a bit.

The Lions worked through a number of running drills Sunday, including some live goal line reps.

Early in practice, Ragnow was very good in a 3-on-3 running drill against two defensive linemen and a linebacker. He's very natural and athletic getting to the second level, and put a couple nice blocks on linebacker Jonathan Freeny.

Later on in an 11-on-11 running period, Ragnow showed terrific recognition bailing off a double-team block on defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson to pick up linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin, who was running free in the hole. The block allowed the back to run right behind Ragnow and into the second level.

In one-on-one pass rush drills against the defensive linemen, Ragnow stoned defensive tackle Toby Johnson in his single rep.

Overall, Ragnow looked the part of a good, young offensive lineman, who plays with good pad level and moves well.

Quotable: "I think it's shown in the league that when you run the football, you're successful," Ragnow said. "One thing that we always talk about is just being authentic. Whatever our strengths are, we're going to use them and attack. Whatever they call, whatever they dial up, we're going to run.

"From my personal experience, I've always loved to run the ball. I think if you ask the majority of offensive linemen, they like to get after it. It's way easier to go after a guy than wait for a guy to come to you. The fact that (head coach Matt Patricia) puts an emphasis on that, you have to take pride in that as an offensive lineman."

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