Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland didn’t have a ton to prove at this year’s Senior Bowl.

Projected as a high draft pick even before the 2015 season, he made what was to some a curious decision to return to Tuscaloosa for his senior year. All he did was serve as the leader of arguably the nation’s best defense, earning SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors and winning a national title.

That’s almost guaranteed him a first-round pick regardless of how he performs this week in Mobile.

Still, he’s been playing at outside linebacker to show his versatility and his pass-rush abilities. So far, he’s been very impressive.

Said analyst Mike Mayock: “I’m a Reggie Ragland fan. He’s going to step in on Day 1 and run somebody’s defense. He’s a top-20 pick all day long. He’s 260 pounds, so the question is, can he play on third down, can he play the passing game? I think he can. Just because of his leadership skills, his toughness, I think he’s going to be a three-down linebacker and a top-20 pick.”

Attending the event, coach Nick Saban also spoke to about his former senior leader.

“He’s got a lot of diversity as a player. The fact that he played inside ‘backer for us — he was an outside ‘backer to start with in his career and he did some pass rushing,” Saban said. “So I’m sure it intrigues especially 3-4 (defenses) to see him play outside. I think the more diversity you have, the more value you have.”

That’s high praise for a player who stood out from a group that included guys like A’Shawn Robinson, Jarran Reed, Jonathan Allen, Reuben Foster, Eddie Jackson and Cyrus Jones.

For his part, Ragland seems very comfortable with what he’s shown to NFL scouts thus far.