Although the Kansas City Chiefs were among the league’s best in getting after the quarterback in 2013, the Chiefs elected to upgrade their pass rush even more by adding Auburn‘s Dee Ford. Despite being undersized, Ford plays with a ton of speed and many believe he is the best edge rusher in this draft class not named Jadeveon Clowney.
At 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, Ford could use some added bulk and some game experience, but Ford will have the opportunity to learn from one of the league’s bests in Justin Houston. Ford ran a 4.59 40-yard dash and he put up 29 bench press reps of 225 pounds. In Kansas City’s 3-4 defense, Ford will likely back up Houston and Tamba Hali in his rookie season. Ford is the prototypical high-risk, high-reward type of player, but defensive coordinator Bob Sutton likes the Auburn product a lot and he could move Hali to the defensive end position to let Ford play the outside linebacker position.
I’m not a fan of drafting projects and that’s the type of player Ford is. Kansas City’s general manager John Dorsey said Ford was the second best pass rusher in this draft class. When asked about his role, Dorsey said Ford will spell players and he will give Houston and Hali the ability to stay fresh so that they will be able to be effective later in the game.
When the high-powered Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers are in your division, getting pressure on Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers is going be Kansas City’s No. 1 priority when they play four games against these teams. While the pick might’ve been seen as a reach, the Chiefs have a plan in place with Ford, and Dorsey and Sutton know what they are doing.