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Kansas City Chiefs: Can Former Arena League Star Make Chiefs Roster?

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Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIMay 16, 2012

The Kansas City Chiefs have been busy on Wednesday with signings and visits.

The team's website confirmed that offensive lineman Rich Ranglin, formerly of the Kansas City Command and San Jose SaberCats in the Arena Football League, has signed with the Chiefs. The Chiefs have added several linemen to their offense this year through free agency and the draft, including Eric Winston, Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson.

While many football players from the AFL make the jump to the NFL, Ranglin's signing is unique, as he was the AFL's Spalding Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2011.

It is rare for a player from the AFL to have the same amount of success in the NFL, as Kurt Warner is the only notable AFL alumni to succeed in his transaction to the NFL. But Ranglin does not have to be a perennial Pro Bowler to be considered successful with the Chiefs.

This is not the first time the Chiefs have dealt with a player who was accomplished in another league. Everyone remembers Bobby Sippio, who won an Arena Bowl with the Chicago Rush and signed with the Chiefs shortly after his championship victory. Sippio gained a lot of popularity while being featured on HBO's Hard Knocks in 2007, and he also won the fans over when it was revealed that he is the cousin of current Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.

But Sippio could not carry his skills over to the NFL, as his playing time was very limited with the Chiefs. Could Ranglin follow the same path?

Positions in the AFL are far different in the NFL, and Ranglin's position is no exception. Ranglin played in a league where there are only three offensive linemen who line up before the snap. Ranglin is listed as a guard on NFL.com, which is what he played while prepping at Central Connecticut State.

The Chiefs currently are doing what they can to build depth everywhere. If Ranglin can continue to pick up blocks and take out defenders downfield on rushes in preseason games, assuming he stays with the team in August, then he could very well earn himself a spot behind Jon Asamoah or Ryan Lilja.

If an injury takes place for either of the starting guards, Ranglin's name could be tossed around as a potential replacement.

Ranglin is currently 27 years old and will turn 28 in September.


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