If there was any doubt that the Detroit Lions would alter their plans for first-round draft pick Frank Ragnow during training camp, the team pretty much put those to bed on Thursday as the team opened training camp for veterans.
New offensive line coach Jeff Davidson met with the media Thursday morning and confirmed Ragnow will continue to play left guard.
“He’s been primarily at guard and that is the way we will probably continue to go at this point,” Davidson said, according to Nate Atkins of MLive. ”We’ve kind of liked the direction we’re going with that, but we’re not going to be surprised by guys playing different positions still.”
Ragnow played almost exclusively at guard during training camp per reports and photos from May. During his final season at Arkansas, Ragnow thrived as the starting center, however he started all 13 games during his sophomore year at right guard.
That versatility was part of the reason Bob Quinn made Ragnow his first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Combining him with current center Graham Glasgow gives the Lions plenty of wiggle room.
“The good thing is you’re exactly right, we’ve got two guys that are versatile that can play multiple spots,” Quinn said back in April. “So, I think we have a lot of options.”
But, for now, it seems like full-speed ahead with the following starting offensive line:
- Left tackle: Taylor Decker
- Left guard: Frank Ragnow
- Center: Graham Glasgow
- Right guard: T.J. Lang
- Right tackle: Rick Wagner