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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Kansas City Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach recently said he believes Reggie Ragland “can be a star.” Obviously Veach is setting the bar high with his talented LB and there has to be some substance to those claims. Ragland was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year at the University of Alabama back in 2015. Rex Ryan even once said that he thought Ragland was going to be a Rookie of the Year candidate. All of those dreams in Buffalo went down when Ragland tore his ACL his first season in the league. Eventually Kansas City traded a fourth round pick for Ragland and now it looks like this guy is finally getting back to the way he used to play the game before that knee injury. if Ragland truly does end up being a star this will end up being a great trade for the Chiefs. Buffalo was clearly tired of waiting around for Ragland but sometimes being patient is really what the situation calls for. The Bills mishap ends up being the Chiefs good fortune though. When you actually look at what makes Ragland so effective a few things stand out. The first notable characteristic of the 24 year old’s game is his consistency when it comes to making tackles. Reggie Ragland usually finishes the play when a ball carrier comes near him and that helps Kansas City’s defense get off the field more often. Then there’s Ragland’s instincts and pursuit angles. You would be surprised how much of football is measuring where you have to be based off opposing players speed. The young Chiefs defender can lock in and chase down running backs like a lion hunting a gazelle. So there’s all of these tools and when you also add in that Ragland has outstanding hit power you have a linebacker that strikes fear into his opponents. Kansas City thought so highly of Reggie Ragland that Derrick Johnson became expendable and that should tell you something about Ragland’s skill set on the gridiron.
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