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Dee Ford | Defensive End

Team: Auburn Tigers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/19/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 246

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Chiefs selected Auburn OLB Dee Ford with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Ford (6-foot-2, 252) was the SEC's most statistically prolific pass rusher in 2013, tallying 10.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss despite missing the first two games with a left knee sprain. Ford's medical has been something of a concern after he was shut down at the Combine due to a 2011 back operation. He rebounded to run 4.59 at the Tigers' Pro Day with a 10-foot-4 broad jump, 35 1/2-inch vertical, and 29 reps on the bench. Although Ford is smallish for an every-down NFL defender, he will be an instant impact edge rusher. Ford will be a sub-package rusher behind Tamba Hali and Justin Houston as a rookie. The Chiefs can cut Hali in 2015 and save $9 million. May 8 - 10:56 PM

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Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford is a "one-trick pony guy," according to an anonymous NFL scout quoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"Kind of a one-trick pony guy. Just an outside rusher with limited moves at this point. He's so undersized, he's not really a factor against the run. If he doesn't win with quickness and speed right off the bat he doesn't have the strength, bulk or length to hold the point, anchor and rip off blocks," said the scout. On the other end of the spectrum, Ford's coach at Auburn, Gus Malzahn said this last month: "Dee Ford is a difference-maker. The pass-rushing ability and the playmaking ability he provided us was really unbelievable. He rushes the passer. He's a tough guy. He's a hard worker -- just all of the above." There are elements of truth inherent to both takes. Ford's lack of size will likely cause him to slide out of the first round.
May 6 - 9:50 PM

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn believes edge rusher Dee Ford will succeed in the pros.

"Dee Ford is a difference-maker," Malzahn said. "The pass-rushing ability and the playmaking ability he provided us was really unbelievable. He rushes the passer. He's a tough guy. He's a hard worker -- just all of the above." Ford visited the Falcons this week, and ESPN's Mel Kiper has the former Tiger slotting to Atlanta with the 37th overall pick in the second round (after taking Taylor Lewan in the first). Assuming Atlanta doesn't end up with Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack in the first, Ford would be a decent pass-rushing consolation prize in the second stanza. Can he play in any NFL scheme, though? "I think so," Malzahn said. "He's a football player. He's a football player who is a great competitor and has a nose for the football."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 6:08 PM

Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford visited the Falcons on Tuesday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Wilson adds Ford previously visited the Texans and privately worked out for the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans and the Falcons. Ford might stick to a sub-package pass rushing role early, until he learns how to anticipate run blocking angles.
Apr 23 - 11:36 AM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks debuted Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford at No. 24 on his big board.

Ford more or less took the spot of Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman, who dropped out of the top 25. "Ford shows rare first-step quickness and a relentless motor that produces sacks on extra effort," Brooks wrote. "While some teams will view him as a 3-4 rush linebacker based on his height, he plays with strength, tenacity and toughness, which could make him a fit for some 4-3 teams willing to use an Elephant end." Ford revealed last week that he's heard he's going in "the 20 to 30 range."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 31 - 7:22 PM

Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford has been told he's going in "the 20 to 30 range."

In a candid interview with NFL.com, Ford revealed that Philadelphia and New Orleans have expressed the most interest in his services. He has already worked out with the Patriots, and has the Colts and Bucs coming up. "Other than that, I have a lot of teams interested," Ford said. "I think the Senior Bowl gave teams all they needed to see. The next step will be these private workouts once these pro days start to narrow down."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 28 - 8:34 PM

Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford has workouts and meetings scheduled with the Patriots and Bucs.

The info comes from Dan Kadar. The two teams interested are drafting in very different positions, with the Patriots at the end of the first-round and the Bucs at No. 7. The latter would most likely be targeting Ford in the top of the second-round. The edge rusher has great bend and speed around the corner and flashed hand use to keep his opposition on skates.
Mar 21 - 12:00 PM

NFL.com's College Football 24/7 believes that there "isn't a pair of teammates in the country that shot up draft boards like Auburn's [Dee] Ford and Greg Robinson."

It's a hard position to argue against in light of the duos meteoric rise. "Back in September, Ford was considered just another tweener with more questions than answers about his NFL potential," wrote staff writers Mike Huguenin and Chase Goodbread. "And Robinson was coming off a redshirt freshman season in 2012 -- not even on the radar." At this point in time, Robinson is considered by some to be the favorite to go No. 2 in the draft. As for Ford, "it's a close call as to whether he or Missouri's Kony Ealy will follow Jadeveon Clowney as the second defensive end drafted," notes the report.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 9 - 10:56 PM

NFL network's Mike Mayock believes Auburn edge player Dee Ford is a late first-round pick as a 3-4 OLB.

"He jumped well, he ran well, his positional drills were excellent," Mayock said after witnessing Ford's pro day workout. The Auburn defender was held out of Combine workouts after doctors were scared off by a back injury that occurred in 2011. Rotoworld's Josh Norris does not think Ford is limited to a certain defensive scheme, since he shows burst off the snap, flexibility, and even hand use from multiple edge alignments.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 5 - 1:00 PM

Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford posted two forty times of 4.53 and 4.59 seconds at the school's Pro Day.

Ford also recorded a 35.5 inch vertical, 29 bench press reps, and a broad jump of 10 feet 4 inches. The edge rusher was kept out of the Combine workout due to a back issue that occurred in 2011. Many have stated that Ford is obsessed with working out, so it is a shame he could not show that athleticism in Indianapolis. Rotoworld's Josh Norris loves Ford's bend around the edge and his flashes of hand use against Texas A&M and Missouri.
Mar 4 - 1:02 PM

Auburn edge player Dee Ford will not workout at the NFL Combine due to medical reasons.

Not that their medicals are necessarily the same, but this exact situation happened with Star Lotulelei last year. Being held out was likely a surprise to Ford, who had a great week at the Senior Bowl due to his explosion and bend around the edge. Teams take medicals very seriously, and there will likely be plenty of more news on the matter in the coming weeks.
Feb 24 - 8:27 AM

Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford measured in at 6 foot 2 and 1/8 inches and 252 pounds at the NFL Combine.

Ford also has 32 and 7/8 inch arms and a 77 inch wing span. Ford has displayed so much burst and dip one the edge to turn the corner, but against Missouri and Texas A&M he also showcased hand use and strength. He can be questionable against the run, mainly when not recognizing an offensive lineman reach blocking, but our own Josh Norris considers Ford a first-round pick.
Feb 22 - 10:18 AM

Eagles GM Howie Roseman noted that more college teams were running three-man fronts making it easier to find pass rush linebackers.

"Howie Roseman of the Eagles said more college teams running a three-man front helps find pass rush linebackers now," Kadar tweeted. NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock mentioned that he likes Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford at the No. 22 spot for the Eagles. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has the Eagles trading up to the No. 12 spot to snag UCLA edge rusher Anthony Barr in his latest mock draft. The Eagles are a year removed from transitioning from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense and are possibly looking for a long term replacement for 32 year old Trent Cole.
Feb 20 - 5:39 PM

According to Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane, Mike Mayock likes Auburn's edge rusher Dee Ford as a possible option for the Eagles at No. 22.

"Asked Mike Mayock about OLB possibilities for the Eagles at No. 22 and he said that Auburn's Dee Ford could be there. Ford is explosive," McLane tweeted. During the Senior Bowl Ford made a case for himself after registering two sacks and earning MVP honors. The Eagles lack a true 3-4 OLB in 32 year old Trent Cole, and Ford could be a long term answer at the position. Ford racked up 10.5 sacks in the SEC last season for the Tigers.
Feb 18 - 9:55 PM

ESPN's Louis Riddick continues to hear how exceptional Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford's personal and football character are.

Riddick notes this will go over well at the Combine. Ford, who produced very good tape this season and an even better Senior Bowl, has been called a gym junkie who prioritizes health and fitness. Our own Josh Norris recently ranked Ford over UCLA's Anthony Barr.
Feb 9 - 10:24 AM