The Kansas City Chiefs selected Auburn DE
Among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players, Ford closed out his career ranked fifth in tackle-for-loss yardage (263).
Following a two-sack performance in the BCS title game against Florida State, Ford accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl, where he used a week of practices in Mobile to showcase his NFL potential. Ford was dominant in the game itself, later receiving Defensive MVP honors, no doubt jumping on teams' radars.
After the Chiefs made the pick, head coach Andy Reid addressed the media, sharing more about Ford’s abilities.
“Dee Ford is a tremendous person and has an extremely high motor on the football field,” coach Reid said. “He’s an intelligent player; he’s a concert pianist, on top of being a heck of a football player. We look forward to bringing him in to our defense. I think I’ve mentioned this and John (Dorsey) has mentioned this, you can’t have enough pass rushers and he falls into that category.”
The team’s first-round pick couldn't contain his emotion, when speaking to the media via conference call.
“I’m walking in God’s favor right now,” Ford said. "I’m very ecstatic right now and definitely honored. I love Andy Reid. I love the staff. I hear you all have the best fans in football and I’m looking forward to that.”
After the draft's first round was officially in the books, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey further detailed why the team selected Ford.
"This guy is a good football player," Dorsey said of Ford. "He has a unique ability to rush the passer. I think in today’s National Football League, and the way the game has begun to increase in speed, what this does is it gives you another component at the pass rushing position. I think that is very vital in today’s football (game)."
The Chiefs are excited to add Ford to their defensive unit and will introduce their top pick in person at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex at One Arrowhead Drive on Friday at 4:00 pm CT.