Frank Ragnow

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Frank Ragnow
No. 77 – Detroit Lions
Personal information
Born: (1996-05-17) May 17, 1996 (age 23)
Chanhassen, Minnesota
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:311 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:Chanhassen (MN)
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Phil Steele All–America Fourth Team (2016)
  • Phil Steele All–SEC First Team (2016)
  • Associated Press All–SEC Second Team (2016)
  • Athlon Sports preseason All–SEC First Team (2017)
  • Athlon Sports preseason All–America First Team (2017)
  • Lindy's Sports preseason All–America First Team (2017)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:16
Games started:16
Player stats at

Frank Ragnow (born May 17, 1996)[1] is an American football center for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Arkansas, and was selected by the Lions in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

High school career[edit]

Ragnow was born in Victoria, Minnesota[2] and played football at Chanhassen High School. He was rated as the 24th-best offensive tackle in the nation and the #3 prospect from Minnesota as a senior. ESPN evaluated him as a four-star athlete, and, after receiving offers from six FBS schools, he ultimately chose the University of Arkansas.

College career[edit]

Ragnow participated in nine of Arkansas' twelve games as a freshman, playing as a center. He played a role in Arkansas' spot atop the SEC with 0 sacks allowed. As a sophomore, Ragnow started all thirteen of the Razorbacks' games as a right guard, allowing no sacks in the season's last seven games. As a junior, Ragnow started 12 games as the Hogs' center and the other as the right guard, playing more than 900 snaps. He played as the starting center as a senior in 2017.

Professional career[edit]

External video
Frank Ragnow NFL Combine Interview
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 5 18 in
(1.96 m)
312 lb
(142 kg)
33 18 in
(0.84 m)
9 38 in
(0.24 m)
4.99 s 1.74 s 2.91 s 4.51 s 8.04 s 33 12 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
27 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Arkansas’ Pro Day[3][4]

The Detroit Lions selected Ragnow in the first round (20th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Ragnow was the first center drafted in 2018 and was the second interior linemen drafted.[5] Ragnow became the highest drafted center from Arkansas, surpassing Steve Korte who was selected 38th overall during the 1983 NFL Draft.[6]

External video
Lions draft Frank Ragnow 20th overall
Instant Draft Grade: Frank Ragnow

On May 12, 2018, the Detroit Lions signed Ragnow to a four-year, $11.78 million contract that includes $9.21 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $6.64 million.[7]

The Detroit Lions immediately moved Ragnow to offensive guard although he had been used strictly as a center during his collegiate career.[8] The Lions had Graham Glasgow slated to be the starting center after the departure of Travis Swanson.[9] Head coach Matt Patricia named Ragnow the starting left guard to begin the regular season. He started alongside offensive tackles Taylor Decker, Rick Wagner, right guard T. J. Lang, and center Graham Glasgow.[10]

He made his professional regular season debut and first career start during the Detroit Lions’ season-opening 48-17 loss to the New York Jets.[11] He finished the season starting all 16 games at left guard.


  1. ^ "#72 Frank Ragnow". University of Arkansas. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "Frank Ragnow". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile - Frank Ragnow". March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Arkansas C Frank Ragnow : 2018 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Twentyman, Tim (April 26, 2018). "Detroit Lions draft center Frank Ragnow". Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Pro-Football-Reference: Arkansas NFL Draft History". Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  7. ^ " Frank Ragnow contract". Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "2018 training camp preview: Interior offensive line". July 12, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "Lions move Frank Ragnow to center, but should get back Graham Glasgow soon". August 14, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  10. ^ "Lions reveal second depth chart for 2018 season". September 13, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  11. ^ "NFL Player stats: Frank Ragnow (2018)". Retrieved October 25, 2018.

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