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Monday open thread: What position will Frank Ragnow play in 2018?

Will the Lions keep Ragnow at center or move him to guard?

NCAA Football: Arkansas at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions rookie minicamp has come and gone, and because of the media lockout, we know next to nothing about the event that happened over the weekend. We’ll likely get more information about the team and their outlook for 2018 when OTAs officially begin next week (on May 21).

But doing a little detective work via the only resources we had for rookie minicamp—highlights and photos of the three days of practice—we found out that first-round pick Frank Ragnow played a little center and a little left guard over the weekend.

After the draft, general manager Bob Quinn wouldn’t commit Ragnow to a single position this year, leaving Ragnow’s future position with the Lions one of the biggest offseason questions facing the Lions. So today’s Question of the Day is:

What position do you think Frank Ragnow will play in 2018?

My answer: Left guard. Though Ragnow mostly played center in college, he has experience at guard both in his sophomore season at Arkansas and for a single game last season. Though there will undoubtedly be an adjustmen period for Ragnow, there’s little doubt he has the skillset for it.

The main reason I think Ragnow gets slotted at left guard, however, is the trajectory of Graham Glasgow’s career. It seems from the beginning, the Lions’ plan was to move Glasgow to center. He’s played quite well there when Travis Swanson was injured over the past two years, and that’s likely part of the reason Swanson was not retained in free agency.

The good news is the Lions have options and plenty of time to figure things out. It’s unclear if the Lions have a strict plan in place now (like they did with both Taylor Decker and Jarrad Davis) or if they’ll see how the offseason plays out. Hopefully, we’ll know more as OTAs—which are usually open to the media—begin next week.

Your turn.


What position do you think Frank Ragnow plays in 2018?

This poll is closed

  • 39%
    Left guard
    (265 votes)
  • 57%
    (386 votes)
  • 2%
    Right guard
    (20 votes)
671 votes total Vote Now

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