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Bills trade up for Reggie Ragland


Kena Krutsinger

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.