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Transcript of Andy Reid interview from PFT Live

Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid gestures during a news conference with Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt introducing Reid as the Chiefs new coach in Kansas City, Missouri Reuters

[Editor’s note:  Chiefs coach Andy Reid appeared as a guest of the January 9 edition of PFT Live.  A full transcript of the interview appears below.]

Mike Florio: Now that you’re the coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, the most immediate question is, will there be a play in the new playbook called the 65 toss power trap?

Andy Reid: (laughing) You’ve been talking to Gruden man.  We’ve got some good stuff in there.

MF: Well, one thing that was obvious to me watching your press conference Monday coach is you seem to be genuinely rejuvenated by this new opportunity in Kansas City.  Talk about how this change has changed you and how you feel after 14 years in Philly now getting started with the Kansas City Chiefs.

AR: Well listen, Mike, I enjoyed every minute in Philadelphia. The fans were passionate, the Luries were tremendous, and it was a good, solid — it was a great organization.  I had an opportunity to work with Joe Banner who did a phenomenal job and Howie Roseman who did a phenomenal job, Tom Heckert, all these guys, you know, the people that you deal with there as a whole, players, coaches, it was a good bunch.  This was an opportunity here to work for one of the great families in the National Football League.  So I’ve sat through all the owner/coach meetings and all that down at the owners meetings, and I’ve looked around the rooms and I understand.  I understand what the Kansas City Chiefs are all about, I’ve been in it long enough to figure it out. So when Clark Hunt came calling, I listened and it just seemed like the right thing to do.  And as he presented his side and I was able to talk to him about my side and what kind of my makeup and how I go about my business and so on, it just seemed to click and work and thus I decided to come here.

MF: And, Coach, there was all sorts of reports and speculation last week linking you to other jobs, most notably the Arizona Cardinals. Was anyone else ever in this seriously or was it all Chiefs from the get-go?

AR:  Well, listen. My wife’s from Phoenix and the Cardinals have a great organization so I, they were interested, I was interested, there was, you know, I’ve got a place out in California close to San Diego and there was some interest there and so, listen, when it was all, and they’ve got a great organization there.  So there were decisions that had to be made.  I would tell you, I just kind of came back to, like I said, there are three or four families in this league that are just, that you’d love to work for as you get old and grey like I’m getting, quickly.  So, this is one of those, one of the franchises and I was lucky enough where they came calling and lucky enough where they offered me a job.

MF: What’s the one thing you’ll carry from your 14 years of experience as a head coach with the Eagles that you think will help you the most as you start your career with the Kansas City Chiefs?

AR: Well, you know, it’s hard to pinpoint one thing really.  Until you’ve walked in a head coach’s shoes, you feel like you really know nothing.  So I’ve had that opportunity to do it and you go, doggone, all those years of experience as a coach, this is so different.  This is a different, different deal as a head football coach in this league.  So, every day from that point on that you’re appointed the head coach, you learn and that’s, it keeps your mind fresh and every day is a new day and it’s a pretty exciting thing.  So, there are only 32 of them in the whole world, man, so it’s pretty exciting.  I would tell you the same thing.  There’s a bunch of things I learned there, I’m going to try to do better here with.  I take full responsibility for the last couple years.  It wasn’t good enough, absolutely wasn’t good enough.  Learned some great lessons, I’m going to bring those with me along with all the other 12 years I was there.  I look at it as sort of 14 great years, I take that, I take all the experience of all 14 years, and try to do a better job.  We didn’t get the Super Bowl ring doggone it, Mike, and you know that’s what we’re all shooting for and we didn’t get it.  I’m going to try to do my best for this organization and allow them, all of us, to get a ring.

MF: The team that you’re with now, at least according to last year’s record, has the longest path to get to the top of the mountain.  When you look at what the Chiefs have, what happened to the Chiefs in 2012, what’s you’re assessment of why they finished 2-14?

AR:  Things didn’t work out.  Whether it was injuries or whatever, it just didn’t work out for them.  Specifically at specific positions, it didn’t work out.  I would take you to the other side of that and I just say good coaches and good players, if you can combine those things you’re going to win a lot of games.  If you can eliminate distractions, if there’s no pulling one way or the other, and this isn’t saying that that’s what happened there, I’m saying in general in this league.  If everyone is pulling in the same direction, front office, coaching staff, players, if you’re pulling in the same direction, when those things get out of whack, normally good things don’t happen.  So, you take those few facets, everyone pulling in the same direction, you take the combination of good players and good coaches, I think those are all important for teams to win.  And normally if they’re not something in those areas there, there’s a problem.

MF: You had a great comment the other day about looking for the next Len Dawson, the only quarterback who has led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl and a Super Bowl win.  The obvious question in response to that Coach is how do you go about finding the next Len Dawson in Kansas City?

AR: Well you better start by looking at the guys who are here.  And you better start with how many coordinators, well look at skill level, and then how many coordinators have these guys had?  How many changes?  That’s a fragile position right there, man.  If you’re talking about guys that you’re asking ‘Am I going to be a cardiologist or an orthopod?,’ one of those deals, and all of a sudden you’re going to change on them and make them overnight, in one year go from being the cardiologist to the orthopod, that’s a tough thing to do.  So that’s how it is when you have to learn new offenses and new ways, it’s not easy.  But you better analyze what’s there, and then you always keep your eyes open for that position, you’re always going to do that.  So, if you have a great player, you’re going to make sure you have a great backup, and so we’re going to do that.  We’ll look at it in draft, we’ll look at in in trade, we’ll look at it in free agency, we’ll keep our eyes open.  But first we’re going to look at what we have and analyze that.

MF: You’ve got a track record of getting the absolute most out of whatever quarterback you put on the field, you’ve done that consistently.  What is it that you do with a quarterback that gets him to be the best that he can be?  What is it that’s coachable that isn’t already part of that quarterback’s makeup?

AR:  As a coach, we’re here to teach, and to teach you better know your system.  As a coach, I’ve been lucky enough to have the Marty Mornhinwegs of the world, the Brad Childressess of the world, I mean I’ve had some good quarterback coaches of late, Doug Pederson, these are good football coaches, Pat Shurmur, good football coaches that can teach, most of all teach. And so, and then the players have been good players. It’s just a matter of being able to pull it out of that player and try to find what makes him tick and evaluate him the right way.  Make sure you find guys you can work into your system and then have the aptitude and ability, skill and ability, and can think on their feet maybe. You’ve got to do it quick, I mean real quick, and so you’ve got to be able to make accurate decisions in a very short amount of time.

MF: When do you anticipate making decisions about which coaches are going to be joining you as members of the staff in Kansas City?

AR: Doing it right now. Right now. We’ve been interviewing general managers and that process is still going on. And then I’ve made calls to coaches and I’m starting to bring them in here now. We’ve got the first ones on campus right now, so working through that process right now too.

MF: Any names you want to announce? No one’s really watching this, so, you know. . . .

AR: (laughing) That’s what I want to do right here. You are the best, man.

MF: You’ve got that first overall pick in the draft and it doesn’t seem like there are any quarterbacks out there that are worthy of being taken first overall, is that going to be the first thing you do when you evaluate the draft class?  Is there a quarterback that would be worthy of that first selection?

AR:  We’ll look at that position; we’re going to do that. We’ll look at all positions but we’re going look at that position. You’ve got to go through and analyze that, and that’s time right now.  We’re early in the process so we’ve got to get in and do all that, do all the evaluations and that’s a long tedious deal, but let’s get it knocked out.  A lot of the scouts and personnel guys have been doing that throughout the year and then what they do is, they bring the information in and then the coaches are part of the evaluation and then you build yourself up to a draft after having an opportunity to meet with these kids. We’ll see how it goes. Mike, the most important thing is that it’s the right pick.  So, we get so caught up, and you can’t get caught up right now and say you have to have a quarterback. You do that and it’s not the right guy, that’s a problem, that’s a real problem, that sets you back.  So whoever you take at that spot, it better be the right guy, that’s the most important, it doesn’t matter the position, really doesn’t matter, as long as he’s a good football player.

MF: One other area there’s been a lot of discussion on lately, and you played there this year, you go back there next year, FedEx Field. You’ve been there every year since it opened, a lot of criticism of the quality of the surface there. You were there in November, what’s your assessment of the condition, the quality, the overall playing surface at FedEx Field?

AR: The actual field itself?

MF: Yes, the actual turf itself.

AR: Well, Mike, it, it’s not bad (laughs). It’s not bad.

MF: Does that mean it’s not good?

AR: Well, I can’t tell you that it’s, it’s not bad. Listen, those grounds guys bust their tails to make sure it’s right, we played there this year. I’ve found in years past that it’s fine.

MF: But isn’t there a deeper issue that the NFL needs to be looking out now, Coach, that the NFL needs to be ensuring that these fields are always good, that they’re always the same. You’re talking about huge financial investments in the players, you want to keep them healthy, you don’t want them to get injured by anything other than the contact they experience on the football field and we know that’s inevitable, but you don’t what them to be injured by where they’re playing, where they’re running, how they’re setting their feet. Hasn’t the time come for the NFL to say we want the field to be as good as it can possible be in every NFL stadium?

AR: Listen, the field when we played there, it had rained, so there was a weather issues. In the years past the field’s been fine. I don’t know what happened the other day, I actually didn’t have a chance to see the game because I was doing this here.  You’re going to have to make that decision on that.  The one thing that I think people need to know, is that those grounds crew people spend so much time and effort there trying to make it right.

MF: Well, we know you’re going to be spending a lot of time and effort trying to make things right in Kansas City. It’s a new day for the Chiefs, a new day for you, and we wish you all the best. Congratulations on your success, best wishes going forward and we hope to talk to you soon.

AR: Listen Mike, it was my pleasure. Thank you.

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Washington pounces on Cravens before Pats can


One of the more intriguing prospects in the draft has landed with his first NFL team, even though he thought it would be another one.

Washington made former USC linebacker Su’a Cravens the 53rd pick in the draft.

Via Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Mid-Atlantic, Cravens said he was surprised by the selection. He thought he would be picked by the Patriots.

Cravens can play safety and linebacker. He told reporters that Washington plans to use him as a linebacker in the dime defense, for now.

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Buccaneers trade up to take kicker Roberto Aguayo

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 22: Kicker Roberto Aguayo #19 of the Florida State Seminoles kicks the game winning field goal against the Boston College Eagles during the game at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. The Seminoles defeated the Eagles 20-17. (Photo by Jeff Gammons/Getty Images) Getty Images

Not only did the Buccaneers take a kicker in the second round, they traded up to get him.

The Bucs moved up to take Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo with the 59th overall pick, an aggressive move considering the teams immediately in front of them (New England and Carolina) weren’t really a danger to take one.

Aguayo left school a year early, but he already earned his degree and was the most accurate kicker in college football, so there wasn’t a lot left to prove.

He’s the highest-drafted kicker since Mike Nugent went in the second round (47th overall) in 2005.

The Bucs had Connor Barth and Patrick Murray on the roster, but that probably won’t last long, as putting such a premium on Aguayo means he’s the guy.

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Report: Jets still want Ryan Fitzpatrick

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the New York Jets on the sidelines against the Houston Texans in the second quarter on November 22, 2015 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Getty Images

Even after adding former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg in round two of the draft, giving the Jets three quarterbacks under contract, they still want to bring back last year’s unexpected starter, Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Jets still want to bring back Fitzpatrick, but possibly only on a one-year deal.

That actually may help get the deal done. A league source recently told PFT that one of the sticking points between player and team relates to the fact that the Jets have been offering a three-year deal with a solid payout ($10 million or $11 million) in 2016 but much lower salaries in 2017 and 2018.

If Fitzpatrick returns, it means that either Geno Smith (a second-round pick in 2013) or Bryce Petty (a fourth-round pick in 2015) will be the odd man out. If Fitzpatrick doesn’t return, it’s hard to envision a new team that would pay him the kind of money he’s reportedly looking for.

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Goodell still getting booed at draft


No, the draft isn’t being held in Boston. It just sounds that way.

Through both nights of the draft, Commissioner Roger Goodell has heard the boos repeatedly and regularly from fans attending the draft in Chicago. Next year, fans in a new city will have the chance to greet him, over and over, with a Park Avenue cheer.

It raises a broader question, one that became relevant a year ago when the name of quarterback Marcus Mariota was butchered at pick No. 2 (and Philip Dorsett later in the round): Why does Goodell keep delivering the picks personally?

Big Shield loves to talk about public confidence in the game. How is it good for public confidence in the game when the man ultimately in charge of it is being continuously disrespected by the only large, televised gathering of fans he addresses every year?

The time has come for the league to consider hiring an actor to deliver the picks, or to use a rotating cast of characters, like an awards show. The draft should be a celebration of the game, not a celebration for the fans’ apparent disdain of the man who runs the game.

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Jets select Christian Hackenberg

EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 28: Christian Hackenberg #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks to pass against the Michigan State Spartans in the first half of the game at Spartan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets haven’t been able to agree on a contract for the 2016 season and the chances of the Jets upping their offer for Fitzpatrick’s services may have taken a hit in the second round of the draft.

With the 51st pick of the draft, the Jets selected Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

Hackenberg had a strong first season with Penn State under Bill O’Brien, but struggled in his two seasons with James Franklin as the head coach. Accuracy was a major problem for Hackenberg and he took a ton of sacks, but has the size and arm that makes talent evaluators swoon because he looks like an NFL quarterback.

We’ll see how quickly he gets a chance to show that he can be one. With no Fitzpatrick, the Jets have Geno Smith and Bryce Petty on the depth chart at quarterback and it’s hard to predict how things will play out if they remain the three quarterbacks into the season.

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Reed’s selection means green room is empty

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It took more than halfway through the second round to get there, but the NFL Draft’s green room is finally empty.

The Seahawks took Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Reed at No. 49 overall after a trade up. Reed is one of six of the 25 players who attended the draft but weren’t selected Thursday night during the first round.

Two of the six, Myles Jack and Kevin Dodd, didn’t come back to the draft Friday night. Both were selected early in the second round.

Reed’s Alabama teammate, A’Shawn Robinson, went back into the green room as a show of support for Reed after Robinson was drafted by the Lions at No. 46.

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Packers trade up to 48 for offensive tackle Jason Spriggs

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 15: Ricky Jones #4, Jason Spriggs #78 and Dimitric Camiel #77 celebrate with teammate Shane Wynn #1 of the Indiana Hoosiers after a touchdown in the fourth quarter during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Packers are usually the conservative ones, but they were willing to make a move to help their offensive line.

The Packers gave up a fourth and seventh-rounder to move up nine spots (right in front of the Bears, which the fans in Chicago loved) to draft Indiana tackle Jason Spriggs with the 48th overall pick.

Spriggs is an athletic player with impressive combine numbers, who could eventually supplant David Bakhtiari at left tackle.

The Packers don’t have to be in a hurry for that, but given the problems they’ve had in recent years keeping healthy linemen in front of Aaron Rodgers, you also understand why they were in a hurry to make a move.

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Jaguars trade pick they sent player to London to announce

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 22:  Ryan Nassib #12 of the New York Giants passes under pressure from Michael Bennett #96 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second half of preseason action at MetLife Stadium on August 22, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

The NFL Draft going international has hit a slight snag.

The Jaguars flew second-year defensive tackle Mike Bennett to London to announce pick No. 146, a fifth-round pick, on Saturday. But not long after the second round started Friday, the Jaguars traded that pick to the Ravens as part of their move up to select linebacker Myles Jack.

Bennett was watching in London.

Thanks for the flight!” Bennett tweeted.

The Jaguars have a commitment to play one home game in London every year through at least 2020, and as part of that deal they’re having fans in London announce some picks on Saturday. Bennett made the trip this year because his selection was announced in London last year.

A slight audible will be called, and Bennett seems to know he’ll announce another pick on Saturday.

“That’s one hell of a trade,” Bennett wrote in a follow-up tweet.

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Darron Lee left Urban Meyer hanging twice

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As we rocket through round two of the draft, regularly hearing from Ohio State coach Urban Meyer on the main desk at NFL Network, Meyer presumably is having a better night than he did on Thursday while in the green room at the draft.

Sure, Meyer can puff his chest about having five of his players drafted in round one. But the last one taken — linebacker Darron Lee — has left a lasting image involving Meyer.

Immediately after being picked by the Jets at No. 20, Lee snubbed Meyer’s attempted old-school high five. Not once, but twice.

Our friend Dov Kleiman has the video. Lee possibly didn’t notice the first one. But he clearly saw the second attempt, said something to Meyer, and walked away with a smile.

Maybe Lee didn’t notice the second one, either. Or maybe Lee was retaliating just a little (or a lot) for Meyer’s recent public criticism of quarterback Cardale Jones.

Maybe Meyer will be asked about either situation (or both) on the air tonight. Given that he’s appearing on an NFL-owned broadcast operation and in light of the manner in which the league tiptoes on eggshells around the men who run the NFL’s free farm system, don’t count on it.

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Lions end A’Shawn Robinson’s slide at No. 46

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Alabama defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson was widely viewed as a first-round talent in this year’s NFL draft, but it didn’t work out that way.

It wasn’t until the Lions were on the clock midway through the second round that Robinson got the call he was waiting for: The Lions had taken him with the 46th overall pick in the draft.

That’s a significant slide for Robinson, perhaps because many teams don’t view him as an every-down player. In Detroit, however, drafting a talented defensive tackle seems like good business. With Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker as the starters, Robinson can be a part-time player at first and perhaps a starter if Ngata or Walker are gone in 2017.

“It’s amazing to have this opportunity. I’m so happy to be a Detroit Lion,” Robinson said on NFL Network.

They’ll be happy to have him.

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Titans land Heisman winner Derrick Henry with 45th pick

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 11:  Derrick Henry #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with his teammates after scoring a one yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Getty Images

Former Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse has been getting a lot of airtime as he announces the team’s second-round picks on Friday night and he returned to the podium to let everyone know that the Titans selected running back Derrick Henry with the 45th overall pick.

Henry ran for 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns on 395 carries while helping Alabama to the National Championship during the 2015 season. He won the Heisman Trophy for his individual efforts and became the second running back selected in this year’s draft.

At 6’3″ and 247 pounds, Henry is a big back and should fit right into the “exotic smashmouth” offense that coach Mike Mularkey wants the Titans to play. He’ll join DeMarco Murray in the Tennessee backfield and Henry looks like a good fit as a banger when defenses have worn down over the course of a game.

The Titans previously added defensive end Kevin Dodd and defensive tackle Austin Johnson during the second round. They’ll be back with the first pick of the third round unless they decide to trade down.

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Ravens add picks to address defense, select pass rusher

FORT COLLINS, CO - OCTOBER 10:  Kamalei Correa #8 of the Boise State Broncos warms up prior to facing the Colorado State Rams at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Rams 41-10.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Ravens started the second round Friday night by trading down twice, first with the Jaguars and then with the Dolphins.

It’s fair to assume those trades were made with the intent of picking up extra picks to address the defense. When the Ravens went on the clock at pick No. 42, that process started.

They selected Boise State pass rusher Kamalei Correa, who figures to start his career playing behind veterans Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs on the edge of the Ravens defense. Dumervil is 32 and entering his 10th NFL season. Suggs is 33 and is attempting to return from a torn Achilles tendon for the second time.

Correa is an early entry to the draft after recording 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks last fall. He had 12 sacks in 2014.

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Defiant Manziel sounds off on Twitter

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The week began with Johnny Manziel being indicted for assault in Dallas. It’s ending with Manziel sounding off on Twitter about the criticism he has been absorbing.

“You guys act like what I’m doing is something new,” Manziel said. “I’ve been the same person, doing the same things since it all started.”

He’s right, and that’s the primary problem. He needs to change, but he hasn’t changed. In a separate tweet, he seems to acknowledge that.

Made plenty of mistakes along the way, and have a lot I’d do differently,” Manziel said. “To all my family and real friends who have stuck by me…THANK YOU.”

Manziel also went on the offensive against Will Burge of FOX Sports Ohio, who tweeted on Thursday night a photo of Manziel in Ohio, adding that “2 yrs ago he was a 1st rd pick…now hes unemployed watching it at a bar in Columbus b4 the Bieber concert.”

The former Browns quarterback said that Burge “should have just said it to my face instead of sitting across from us tweeting away. Pussy.”

Yep, Manziel is the same person. Which means his employment status will be the same as it is, indefinitely.

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Giants draft next Victor Cruz in case the old one can’t come back

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The Giants are hoping they get Victor Cruz back on the field this year, to take some pressure off Odell Beckham Jr.

But they’re giving themselves options, just in case.

The Giants took Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard with the 40th overall pick.

Shepard’s a smaller wideout who works well out of the slot, and his quickness should allow him to contribute immediately.

Giants General Manager Jerry Reese even referred to him as “a young Victor Cruz,” which would be good news unless you’re the old one.

Cruz is trying to come back from knee and calf injuries which have kept him off the field since October 2014, but has been working out and declared himself 100 percent this week.

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Bills trade up for Reggie Ragland

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Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland fell further in the draft than most expected. When he was still there 10 picks into the second round, the Bills decided to move up.

In a trade up with the Bears, the Bills went to No. 41 and selected Ragland, whom coach Rex Ryan surely sees as a good fit for his defense.

That defense was a big disappointment in Buffalo last season, and Ryan knows he needs to get it turned around. The 6-foot-1, 247-pound Ragland was a good middle linebacker in Nick Saban’s defense, and Ryan thinks he’ll help with a defensive turnaround in Buffalo as well.

“I can’t wait to play for coach Ryan,” Ragland said on NFL Network after he was picked.

And Ryan can’t wait to get his defense back on track, with Ragland playing a part.

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