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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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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." Mar 31 - 7:22 PM

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

In a candid interview with, 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."
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'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.
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.
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

Dee Ford slipped into the first round in's Dane Brugler most recent mock draft.

He went No. 31 to the Broncos. Ford exploded onto the first-round radar at the Senior Bowl, as Brugler notes, after registering two sacks and earning MVP honors. "I made a little money," Ford said after the game, a clear reference to his draft stock. "The Broncos have battled numerous injuries to their pass rushers this season and need to continue and develop depth to their front seven," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 4 - 9:01 PM's Bucky Brooks believes Auburn senior DE Dee Ford "is building a strong case to be included in the conversation as a possible first-round selection" in May's draft.

Ford burst onto the first-round radar over the weekend after registering two sacks and earning MVP honors in Saturday's Senior Bowl. "I made a little money," Ford said after the game, a clear reference to his draft stock. "Ford was the most dominant pass rusher in 1-on-1 and team drills throughout the week; he continued to overwhelm blockers with his exceptional first-step quickness and snap count anticipation," Brooks wrote. "Ford ... [displayed] spectacular disruptive skills off the edge" and "seemingly lived in the backfield on passing plays."
Jan 26 - 8:46 PM

Auburn senior DE Dee Ford collected two sacks and a pass deflection and was named the MVP of Saturday's Senior Bowl.

"I made a little money," he said of the performance. Ford said the opposing North team began chipping him in the second half to slow him down. "We had a hard time blocking him in the first half," North squad coach Mike Smith said. "He's an outstanding edge rusher and was very disruptive in the first half, so we definitely had to make some adjustments." Ford will enter the NFL as a role player in sub-package pass rushing situations.
Jan 26 - 7:02 PM

Auburn senior DE Dee Ford registered two sacks in the school's 34-31 loss to FSU.

Ford dominated right tackle Bobby Hart all night, displaying an outstanding get off to win on the edge, hand use coupled with leverage to drive his opposition back, or an inside move once Hart overextended. Ford will enter the NFL as a role player in sub-package pass rushing situations, but he has put forth solid performances this season, including against Texas A&M right tackle Cedric Ogbuehi.
Jan 7 - 10:27 AM