Able to take the edge as a pass rusher thanks to his excellent jump off the snap. Does a solid job with his hands to get off pass coverage blocks, and is highly persistent en route to the QB. Keeps fighting throughout the play. A good athlete with the tools to start in the NFL.
Not well-sized for a pro defensive end and is still developing his linebacker skills (especially picking up the run and dropping back to cover receivers). While a good chase-and-tackle pass rusher, he isn't a big hitter who will jar the ball loose. Durability may be an issue in the NFL.
Promising but raw pass rusher.
Movements & Injuries
Signed by the Kansas City Chiefs to a four-year contract.
Drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1st round (23rd Overall) in 2014.
Chiefs get OLB Dee Ford under contract | 05/24/2014 2:29 PM
Chiefs signed first-round OLB Dee Ford to a four-year contract.
Chiefs believe Ford can contribute early | 05/24/2014 11:01 AM
Chiefs GM John Dorsey believes first-round OLB Dee Ford can have 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 set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year, he could transition into a starting role in 2015.
Falcons wanted to trade up for Dee Ford | 05/09/2014 1:19 AM
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Falcons tried to trade back into the first round to draft Auburn OLB Dee Ford before he was selected by the Chiefs at No. 23.
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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 had to settle for OT Jake Matthews after Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack came off the board in the first five picks.