Chiefs ILB Carousel: Ragland In, Mauga Out

 

 

 

New general manager Brett Veach is putting his mark on the Kansas City Chiefs. A couple of weeks ago he traded Special Teams standout and Pro Bowler, D.J. Alexander, to the ILB Seattle Seahawks for Kevin Pierre-Lewis. Today he made a trade with the Buffalo Bills for ILB Reggie Ragland in exchange for a 2019 4th round pick. To make room on the already jammed packed roster, the Chiefs released ILB Josh Mauga.

 

Reggie Ragland was the 41st pick in last year’s draft but was considered by many to be a first round value.  He suffered an ACL injury last August and missed his entire rookie season. This year, Buffalo is going from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 and are also dealing with new leadership. Ragland was working with the third team and became expendable. Some critics of the trade are saying that Ragland was going to get cut anyway so why tie up a 4th round pick for him. I don’t agree with that assessment. I think Buffalo was impatient and were also playing a numbers game at ILB with Ragland left hanging high and dry. In any normal rookie year — which is what this essentially is for him — he would be working with the second team. The fact that he was on the third team is not that big a stretch to understand.

 

Josh Mauga was a starter with the Chiefs at ILB in 2015 and sat out last year with an injury. He was cut earlier this year and brought back in June. His long standing relationship with DC Bob Sutton comes to an end.

 

 

 

As for Reggie Ragland, he’s got star potential written all over him. He’s 6-foot-2 and weighs 252 and packs a wallop when he hits. He played four years for Alabama at ILB, had 93 tackles as a Junior and 102 tackles as a Senior. He was a Consensus All-American in 2015 and the Consensus All-SEC Defensive Player of the year in 2015. You can understand why Dorsey… err… I mean Veach… likes Ragland so much when you consider that he also has a basketball background. When he was a sophomore in High School, he played small forward on a basketball team that won the 2009–10 AHSAA Class 6A Championship in Alabama, and along with Levi Randolph, was named the MVP.

 

So, now we know that Ragland moves well. That’s what those athletic basketbally-types can do. However, I don’t expect to see Ragland in the Chiefs starting line-up any time soon. In fact, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see them move him to the IR… and slowly work with him… and show the patience that Buffalo could not. After all, the Chiefs still have a boat load of ILBs on the roster to deal with this year.

 

What do you think Chiefs fans? Are you a fan of this trade… or do you feel betrayed by the dastardly Ghost of Dorsey (Veach).

 

Please enjoy :43 seconds of a Reggie Ragland hit! The way the game should be played.

 

 

 

 

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  • Laurels and limitations

    Welp. this is very quickly becoming “not your Dorsey’s Chiefs”. And here some believed that Veach was going to be a complete “yes” man.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      You just ever find yourself wishing that we complete a trade with a team for a player that is in perfect physical shape, leads the league iat his position and is in his prime?
      Seem like there is always an asterisk next to every move we make.
      Ragland was projected to be a first round pick until teams got wind of his enlarged aorta……..most teams dropped out of the Ragland sweepstakes but, the Bills took a chance on him in the second round, then he tears his ACL and struggles with the rehab.
      He may get back to 100% and be the bad ass he once was…….just wished he came to us that way.

      • Laurels and limitations

        problem with getting that awesome type of player you described is that you have to pay top dollar for them. KC gave a 4th, I am on board with this. It’s a cheap price to pay for a potential 2 down guy.

        • agreed but the cost now is totally within the ability of Veach to cover. Ragland is a 4th round value. That gives me a lot of home that he fulfills his promise — more than just an every day player, and above the journeyman type stuff. I think this is a big win for the Chiefs — even if we have to wait a bit to see. Mauga was going to be a limited snaps guy no matter what. The cost? 4th round. Let’s see what else happens as we approach the season. Another move? Signing? etc.

          • Laurels and limitations

            I’m totally okay with RW and DJ. Both guys can usually play 3 downs and that is special.

          • not disagreeing with that. Btw: Watching the Raiders and Dallas? KC should use two tight end sets and cut ’em loose in the aerial game.

          • Laurels and limitations

            Actually, I’m fighting my eyelids. I’m going to call it a night. Have a good one, bub.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Smith seems to be at his best hitting his TE’s up the middle.

          • and I like wilson a lot.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          Yeah….I guess I did describe Von Miller there, but I’m sure you were pickin up what I was putting down.
          True….we just gave up a 4th, I just hope that Buffalos GM and staff aren’t out somewhere tonight drunk, dancin a conga line because they just received a 4th for damaged goods….that’s all I’m saying.

  • In 2016, ragland’s stock fell due to the injury. He was still #41 in the draft. We gave up a 4th rounder for a high 2nd round pick (who had dropped in value and did not play in 2016). We have a player who cost a 4th round pick and all the potential that exists in his play. Btw: Buffalo went from a 34 defense to a 43 and that is why Ragland did not fit Buffalo’s plans(they had a regime change, recall that?).

    Ragland is a perfect potential talent with a high end value that can’t be measured but the promise was certainly there. He was on my draft him list in 2016. Laddie gives you numbers and those numbers spell talent and success: 195 tackles in his Sr years at Bama, all American and all-Sec. He was projected as a round 1 pick, remember? Rags was not top of my list. He is an era player, he stuffs the run but won’t do well mano-e-mano in coverage. Okay for short zone and that is a weakness. Second of all, the critique from most analysts who rated him, he was a throw-back era LB(a thumper). I have written that this is a missing piece of the puzzle and I like Ragland very much. This LB corp just got a big boost. Unlike Laddie, I think he will indeed have impact in 2016. The Chiefs will break him in outside of games first but expect to see him a bit already in the 4th pre-seaon game. Unless he is a “slow-take type player. I doubt that this is the case.

    • Laurels and limitations

      I think he looks to me to be a purely situational player, short yardage stuff and even then hope he doesn’t have to cover. I’ll be very surprised if RR is able to unseat RW who was very close to becoming a 3 down back last season.

      • maybe. For me? What is missing is a run stuffing ILB. Wilson though, can call the MIKE so that is a key as well.

  • Laurels and limitations

    Oh yeah, we’re lucky that Fisher still has ankles after this…this is bad, very bad…

    Nasty spin from Frank Clark..I've seen DE sell speed, then pivot inside spin. Clark hit the rip, then the spin. Not sure I've seen that. pic.twitter.com/7FVJY3NcnI— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) August 29, 2017

    • this is the move that I commented on from the game with Bengals that Ford used. Most didn’t see it but he used it.

      • Laurels and limitations

        Ford actually pulled it off!? dayummmmm.

        • yes. Outside move, spin to the inside. Finally. watch the film and you will see it.

          • Laurels and limitations

            Admittedly, I watched the game twice already. Thing is, I think I have become conditioned to ignore Dee Ford.

          • go sleep. He needs to work on the violence of his hands, work with a Sensai or karate master, etc. tai kwon do.

        • ladner morse

          See, now kante why nobuddy elsez lurn ta cuss dat gud?

          Really… it just take a little creativity!

          • ladner morse

            Love it! I’m going to use that…
            Dayummmmm!

          • berttheclock

            Ford, also, learned from the same LB guru in Atlanta that Von Miller raves about, the move to tuck and duck under tackles arms and drive to the QB.

          • ladner morse

            I’m in animated suspense… waiting… and… waiting… for Ford to hit the gas peddle.

          • Laurels and limitations

            hehe, I’ve been slaughtering the English language for years.

    • notice the violent upthrust of his hands just before the spin? it got the Fish high, he spun back around, low and was after it.

      • berttheclock

        Seattle, actually, had two steals in that late and later 2nd round of the 2015 draft. KC had taken Morse earlier, but, Seattle picked up Clark and Tyler Lockett. At least, we don’t have to face Clark very often. Just think if Denver had taken him instead of the OT, Sambrailo?

        • ladner morse

          I read where some publication had Sambrailo rated as the second best LT in the AFC West.
          Crazy.

          • berttheclock

            First heard of him through Merlin. He thought he would fit playing OG. He was forced to play LOT early on without success, then, moved to the right side. His game this preseason had grown dramatically.

          • ladner morse

            Ty Sambrailo is currently listed as Denver’s second LT on their depth chart.

            http://www.ourlads.com/nfldepthcharts/depthchart/DEN

          • berttheclock

            I believe they are trying to work Max Garcia in at LOG.

          • ladner morse

            Yes. He might be their best lineman.

          • berttheclock

            Garcia was another I wanted to see drafted by Dorsey.

          • berttheclock

            BTW, just watched the first episode of the 4th season of “Endeavor”. Never thought it would last that long, but, I am very happy that the powers to be kept giving it another chance.

          • larry mckinney

            Here in the milehighcity, Sambrailo is openly regarded a bust. Could well be cut. Look for several high horseface picks to be available very soon.

  • berttheclock

    Just one quick point which I mentioned on the earlier thread. Had Buffalo cut him this Saturday, he would have had to pass through waivers. There is no way the Chiefs could have claimed him. This trade makes a ton of sense. Plus, the new regime in Buffalo loves to begin stock piling future draft choices, no matter the round.