At Alabama's pro day last week, the Indianapolis Colts sent quite a contingent of people to observe the workouts, including general manager Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano (they were the only team to send both their general manager and head coach). While there, the Colts seemed to take a special interest in inside linebacker Reggie Ragland.
The team's interest in Ragland seems to be continuing, as NFL.com reports that Ragland is working out for the Colts today. The linebacker worked out for the Chicago Bears on Friday and has workouts scheduled with the Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Baltimore Ravens as well.
The Colts could certainly be in the market for inside linebacker help after losing Jerrell Freeman in free agency, especially when considering that the team's other starting inside linebacker, D'Qwell Jackson, will turn 33 years old this season. While Nate Irving and Sio Moore could be potential options at the position, the team could stand to address the spot and therefore it makes perfect sense why they'd have interest in working out the top inside linebacker in this year's draft class. Ragland would seem to be a good fit for the Colts, then, as he is a good player at a position of need.
Ragland is projected to be a first round pick, though it's entirely possible that he'll still be available when the Colts' number 18 overall selection comes on the clock. A two-year starter for Alabama, Ragland played in 53 career games and recorded 222 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, ten passes defensed, and an interception. He racked up 95 tackles in 2014 and 102 in 2015, proving to be a leader on Alabama's defense that helped them win the National Championship in 2015. In both of his years as a starter, Ragland was named first-team All-SEC, and the accolades kept pouring in for him in his senior season. In 2015, Ragland was named a unanimous first-team All-American and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year while also being a finalist for the Bednarik Award (best defensive player in the country), the Nagurski Award (best defensive player), and the Butkus Award (best linebacker).