On Wednesday, ESPN released a piece in which they take a look at the top 25 NFL players under the age of 25 and just one Detroit Lions player made the cut.
To be honest, it was pretty easy to guess that Lions C Frank Ragnow would make this list as he is not only one of the best young players in the game but one of the best centers overall in the NFL.
Here is what ESPN had to say about Ragnow:
20. Frank Ragnow, C, Detroit Lions
Turns 25: May 17, 2021
Signed through: 2021*
Despite all the attention paid to the fantasy football positions, offensive linemen are people, too, and Ragnow has quietly improved into one of the best. The 2018 first-round pick out of Arkansas spent his rookie season at left guard, but has been one of the league’s top centers since converting to the pivot prior to 2019. PFF graded Ragnow as the league’s sixth-best center in 2019 and he sits fourth so far in 2020. He ranked 17th among centers in pass-block win rate last season and is up to 10th in 2020 (everyone ahead of him is at least two years older).
The 24-year-old’s first-round status will have him tied to Detroit through 2022, but his high-end play and versatility suggest it’s only a matter of time until he’s one of the league’s top-paid centers.
Ragnow is already one of the best in the game at his position and it would not surprise me at all if he is soon a permanent fixture in the Pro Bowl.