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Report: Medical findings could lower Reggie Ragland’s first-round stock

Former Alabama LB Reggie Ragland (No. 19): Cedric Mason- TDAL Magazine

Former Alabama inside linebacker Reggie Ragland is expected to be taken tonight in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-1, 247-pound backer is regarded as the top-ranked player at the position in this year’s class; however, medical findings could push him down a bit.

Seven NFL teams have reported Ragland to have an enlarged aorta, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. In medical terms, an aorta is the main artery of the body. Its purpose consists of supplying oxygenated blood to the circulatory system.

Ragland’s situation is not expected to alter or affect his professional career, yet it something that must be monitored annually. He anchored the Crimson Tide’s defensive front to a national championship in 2015, accounting for 102 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

Ragland finished the season as a consensus All-American and finalist for the Butkus Award.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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