Data Scout Notes: 2013: 1stC/1stM...(+) Coming off Aug 2013 Knee INJ/P3rdC/P3rdM/PBednarik/DS#1PSTeamProspect-RRang...2012: NA...2011: NA...2010: NA
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05/12/14 - The Falcons tried to trade for a late first-round pick, but their intended targets went too high. They had an eye on Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier, but realized early that too many teams wanted him, and it would cost too much to move up high enough. He was selected by Pittsburgh with the 15th pick. The Falcons' attention then shifted to Auburn defensive end Dee Ford, who didn't slip into their range. Ford was selected by Kansas City with the 23rd pick. "We worked hard at it, and you have to have a dance partner," Dimitroff said. "In the end, we didn't (trade) at the spots that we were interested in." Smith said, "Thomas was working very hard. And as he said, it takes two to dance, and I felt like junior/senior prom, waiting on somebody (to dance with). We weren't getting the three-letter answer, we were getting the two-letter answer." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - First-round selection Dee Ford quickly won over Chiefs fans when he showed his knowledge of the top pass rusher in franchise history - Hall of Fame outside linebacker Derrick Thomas. "This is the home of Derrick Thomas and I know you all remember that speed," Ford said. "That get-off is vital and so deadly. The speed rush itself opens up everything. I love the speed rush, love the speed and power. Pass rush is an art and it's all about what you put into it."
The Chiefs selected Ford because of his pass-rushing ability. Ford has very defined opinions of what's important when getting the opposing passer on the ground. "It's one thing to have a lot of sacks and it's one thing to have efficient sacks," Ford said. "Anyone can go out and have 10 or 12 sacks (in a season); but when your team really needs you to end the game or end a drive and you have those sacks, those are very vital to your team. I want to always have productive, efficient sacks." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Chiefs' picks: Round 1/23 - Dee Ford, OLB, 6-2, 252, Auburn...Last season, the Chiefs were sixth in the NFL in sacks (47), but in their six losses in the regular season and playoffs, they had just six. They lost twice to Denver, San Diego and Indianapolis, and when quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers are one-fourth of the schedule, the more productive pass rushers the merrier. Ford was the second-rated pass rusher on the Chiefs board based on his explosive first step. With starting outside linebacker Tamba Hali sitting with just two more seasons on his contract, his replacement is now in place. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/14 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 30/2. Dee Ford, DE, Auburn, 6-2, 252, 4.61, 1-2...Medically excluded from participating in the combine based on readings of remnant issues from a 2011 procedure on his back, Ford put on a show at his pro day workouts that backed up his game production and his boasting -- both of which are considerable. His intense focus was reflected first at the Senior Bowl and then by dropping eight pounds in 10 days before his pro day. At 244 pounds, he looked like a classic convertible -- able to move from a 4-3 defensive end to a destructive 3-4 outside linebacker or hybrid pass rusher if necessary.
His fluid athleticism helped get 12.5 stops for a loss last year, including 8.5 sacks. His pro day show included a 35 1/2-inch vertical, 10-foot-4-inch broad jump, 29 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and a 40-yard time of 4.53 seconds. Frankly: There is something special here. Ford is a vocal and physical leader who could pay the most consistent, long-term dividends of any defensive end in this draft -- yes, including Clowney. He would be a steal after the middle of the first round, assuming his back in OK. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/14 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: Indianapolis Colts...DE/OLB Dee Ford, Auburn: With no first-round pick, it's a major question as to whether Ford will still be around when the Colts finally make a selection in the second round. But if he is, the athletic defensive end/outside linebacker could prove to be the perfect long-term replacement for veteran Robert Mathis. He would fit Indianapolis' hybrid 3-4 defensive scheme and give the Colts some much needed help off the bench as a rookie. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange