2nd year line backer from Alabama Reggie Ragland was traded to Kansas City for a 2017 4th round pick. Reports out of Buffalo were that Ragland’s style of play didn’t fit new head coach Sean McDermott’s system. Ragland is more of a downhill mauler rather than a rangy coverage backer who I imagine McDermott would prefer. Thomas Davis, Luke Keuchly, and Shaq Thomas are all very versatile and excel when it comes to pass coverage, and I expect the Bills to look for linebackers that fit the mold in the future.
Ragland tore his ACL in camp last year which may be part of the reason the Bills tried to move him. With no NFL film to go off of, they were unsure as to what his role would be and decided to get the most value possible for him right now. Even though Ragland was a 2nd round pick, I’m still surprised they got as much as a 4th for him. I would have expected Ragland to get a 5th or 6th.
As for what Chiefs fans can expect, I think Ragland will be brought in to compete with Ramik Wilson for the weak inside linebacker spot in their 3-4 scheme. With the trade for Ragland, the Chiefs released Josh Mauga who was competing with Wilson in camp. Obviously with the learning curve Wilson will start week one, but if Ragland can make a few plays in the opportunities he gets he could be a starter.
I liked Ragland coming out of ‘Bama, and hopefully he can get his career going with the Chiefs.