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Dee Ford | Linebacker

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/19/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 252
College: Auburn
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Chiefs signed first-round OLB Dee Ford to a four-year contract.
The deal includes a fifth-year club option for 2018. Ford posted 10.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in the SEC last season despite missing two games. He didn't participate at the Combine due to medical reasons, but ran 4.59 at his Pro Day with a 10-foot-4 broad jump and 29 bench press reps. Ford will be a sub-package rusher as a rookie and should push for a starting role in 2015. Sat, May 24, 2014 02:29:00 PM

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Chiefs GM John Dorsey believes first-round OLB Dee Ford can be an impact sub this season.

In today's NFL it is important to have a rotation of players that can get to the quarterback, and that is exactly how Dorsey envisions Ford being used in 2014. "What he will do during the course of the game is spell guys," Dorsey said. "That gives you the ability to have your guys fresh rushing the passer late in the game." Ford will be a part-time player this season, but with Justin Houston scheduled for free agency next March, Ford could transition into a starting role in 2015.
Sat, May 24, 2014 11:01:00 AM's Ian Rapoport reports the Falcons tried to trade back into the first round to draft Dee Ford before he was selected by the Chiefs at No. 23.

GM Thomas Dimitroff desperately wants to upgrade his pass rush, but the cost of moving into the early 20s would have been mountainous. Defensive lineman was clearly Dimitroff's day-one preference, but he settled for Jake Matthews after Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack came off the board in the first five picks.
Fri, May 9, 2014 01:19:00 AM

Chiefs selected Auburn OLB Dee Ford with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Ford (6-foot-2 1/8, 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.
Thu, May 8, 2014 10:52:00 PM

Auburn DE Dee Ford clocked forty times of 4.53 and 4.59 at the Tigers' Pro Day.

Ford measured in at 6-foot-2 1/8 and 244 pounds after weighing in at 252 at the Scouting Combine. He also benched 225 pounds 29 times, recorded a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump Tuesday. It's very possible he dropped weight to run a quicker forty. In reality, he should be running forties this quickly because he's pretty light. Ford didn't work out at the Combine due to medical reasons. This should solidify Ford as a first-round pick in May.
Tue, Mar 4, 2014 12:56:00 PM

Auburn DE Dee Ford has withdrawn from NFL Combine workouts for medical reasons.

According to the NFL Network, exams revealed an issue relating to a 2011 surgery Ford underwent for a herniated disc in his lower back. For now, it doesn't look like a major red flag. The projected first-round pick says he feels fine and ESPN's Louis Riddick hears doctors are just being "cautious." Auburn's pro day is scheduled for March 4.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 09:48:00 AM

Auburn DE Dee Ford measured 6-foot-2 1/8 and 252 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine weigh-in.

His college listing was just 240, and Ford weighed 243 as recently as the Senior Bowl, so his weight gain was a pleasant pre-draft surprise. Ford also has 32 7/8-inch arms and a 77-inch wingspan. Teams seem to envision Ford as more of a situational pass rusher, but he can rush the quarterback and that is one of the most valuable traits in the NFL. He's a likely first-round pick.
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 02:16:00 PM

Auburn DE Dee Ford has reportedly been a "terror" in Senior Bowl practices.

One of the nation's top pass rushers this past season, Ford measured in at a hair over 6-foot-2, 243 earlier in the week and has drawn raves from Senior Bowl teammates. "His first step is amazing," observed Virginia's Morgan Moses, a highly touted offensive tackle. Ford projects as a 3-4 outside rush linebacker or sub-package down linemen early in his NFL career. He should be a top-50 pick.
Thu, Jan 23, 2014 10:44:00 PM

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