Rant Sports 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Arizona Cardinals Select Dee Ford at No. 20

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With the No. 20 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select, Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn.

The 2013-14 NFL season was a major success for the Cardinals. Under new head coach Bruce Arians, the Cardinals improved to 10-6, and appeared to be a team on the rise. That said, if the Cardinals really want to continue improving their team, they will target a young pass-rusher in this year’s draft. Dee Ford fits the bill.

John Abraham was solid for the Cardinals last season, but with Abraham aging, and the depth behind him questionable, Dee Ford is an excellent selection in the first round. Ford, who played mainly defensive end while at Auburn, has the athletic ability to play either the end or outside linebacker positions, and has the pass-rushing ability to be a terror for opposing quarterbacks, regardless of his position.

Ford, on top of being an explosive athlete, has the versatility and talent that fits perfectly in the Cardinals defensive system. Ford’s draft stock has been on the rise ever since he dominated at the Senior Bowl, and once he reaches the NFL, Ford has the potential to keep opposing defensive coordinators up at night.

Overall, when the Cardinals’ pick roles around in next month’s draft, Dee Ford is the obvious pick. Not only does Ford fill the Cardinals need for a top-notch pass-rusher, but he also has the potential to help the Cardinals’ defense continue to rank among the league’s best units.

Chris Ross is an NFL Draft writer at RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter, @DraftScout_NFL, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google


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