Detroit Lions: Rapid Reactions to selection of Frank Ragnow in 2018 NFL Draft

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The Detroit Lions selected Frank Ragnow in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Was he worth the pick with other players available?

At the beginning of the new year, Detroit Lions General Manager Bob Quinn tasked himself with improving the running game.

He stuck with that vision and selected versatile center/guard Frank Ragnow from Arkansas with the 20th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. With that selection, the Lions gain a day-one starter on their offensive line. Whether Ragnow starts at guard or center, he will drastically improve the unit.

The reaction to the pick was mixed, at best. Most experts were shocked that Ragnow was taken with defensive studs Harold Landry and Rashaan Evans still on the board. Though it may not be considered a sexy pick, the Lions absolutely addressed a need with an elite talent.

Michael Rothstein of ESPN was befuddled:

Nate Atkins of MLive was equally surprised by the pick, though acknowledged a true fit with the Lions:

Ian Rapoport of thought the Lions beat the Cincinnati Bengals to the punch:

Chris Burke of TheAthletic conceded that while the pick may not be immediately satisfying to fans, it will pay dividends in the long run, both literally and figuratively:

Justin Rogers of the Detroit News points out that Quinn has overhauled the Lions’ entire offensive line in his three years:

Additionally, Rogers and Kyle Meinke of MLive teamed up with a pair of incredible notes on the Lions’ new center. The guy can block. Really, really well.

Kent Lee Platte of Pride of Detroit notes that Ragnow scored in elite company for his position, something that should give Lions fans hope:

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The Lions are committed to running the football next season. With the addition of Ragnow, they have the capability to create the necessary running lanes. Oh, and they can better protect Matthew Stafford, who was sacked 47 times last season.