Ragland was expected to be a first-round pick last year but was diagnosed with an enlarged aorta during the pre-draft process. The issue is not expected to affect his career, but he still missed all of his rookie season because of a torn ACL in training camp last summer and spent 2016 on injured reserve.
A second round pick in 2016, Ragland seemed poised to make a big contribution in his rookie year, but suffered a tear to his ACL during training camp. His biggest proponent, Rex Ryan, was fired by the end of the season. Since then, McDermott took over and converted the defense back to a 4-3 scheme, which put Ragland at a disadvantage.
After beginning training camp with the second-team defense, Ragland was moved to the third team after a week of practice in favor of veteran Gerald Hodges. Ragland played only three defensive snaps in the Bills' preseason loss Saturday to the Ravens.
But the Chiefs clearly felt that this was a great chance to steal a player with good upside down the road. It's believed that former GM John Dorsey had a high grade on Ragland coming out of Bama, but the Chiefs traded down in Round 1 that year and selected DT Chris Jones four slots before Ragland came off the board. The Chiefs later traded down — the notorious Roberto Aguayo selection — with their other second-rounder, after Ragland was gone.
“I 100 percent stand by my response,” Riddick told Deitsch. “Look, there are is an element to reporting/news breaking that is strictly source-based/source-reliant. We all know it. We all get it. When you go on record and say ’emphatically’ that someone has been contacted by a team and that an interview is being set up/etc., then you better make sure your sources are correct. That’s all. In this case, the reports from NFL Network were deadass wrong, and that is the long/short of it. Just be right about it. And, if all else fails, ask ME, since I am the best source.”
“I think we’re going to be OK there,” Reid said, via Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star. “Now, are we going to replace Spence? No. I mean, he’s a good football player. But the young kid, he’ll step in and he’ll do a nice job for us.”
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs — Well, he’s barely a sleeper now, so get him before his draft price skyrockets. Ware has a torn PCL and his season is in jeopardy, leaving Hunt with the starting job all by himself. Perhaps he’ll get some early-season touches stolen by the likes of Charcandrick West or C.J. Spiller, but the Chiefs apparently trust him enough to handle workhorse duties. Hunt is a volume-based RB2 with the talent to be an RB1.
“I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the best,” Burfict said, via Bengals.com. “I feel like I’ve let down my teammates, but I also feel like I’ve done a good job with this. I only had one personal foul last year. We feel like this was a legal hit. I hit him in the shoulder. I hit hard, so it may have looked like I hit him in the head, but it was the shoulder. I helped him up and he said he was good and I asked if he was good on the next series and he said, ‘Yeah, that was a legal hit.’”
Don’t laugh, he’s going to get some opportunities. DAT had a big-time kickoff return for a TD in Friday’s preseason game and solidified his spot on the 2017 Chiefs roster some time ago. He has taken the ball from the RB position before, and the coaching staff is clearly trying to get him as many chances as possible. He’ll also have a leg up returning kicks all season. Success there will turn into success in other roles.
He was ranked as the second-best linebacker in the draft according to NFL.com, and was named as a player to watch by Chiefs Reporter B.J. Kissel prior to the draft.