Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) is tackled by Auburn Tigers defensive end Dee Ford (30) during the first half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
The Chiefs close out their first round pick signings as the club reached an agreement with outside linebacker and former Auburn star Dee Ford, according to ProFootballTalk.com. Ford, like all the other first round selections, received a 4-year deal with a club option on the 5th year. Kansas City selected Ford with the 23rd overall pick in the draft earlier this month.
A standout at Auburn, ford recorded 10.5 sacks his senior year, with 2 of those sacks coming in the crushing defeat in the BCS National Championship. Ford has a feel for the snap count and can pounce across the line of scrimmage with quickness and power. Kansas City liked this in Ford and is one of the reason why they selected him in the first round. Unlike other first rounders though, Ford will oct likely see limited time on the field in 2014 as the Chiefs are very deep in both the linebacker position and also at defensive end; which is Ford’s secondary position.
Ford will have the opportunity to learn and shape himself behind Pro-Bowlers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Kansas City’s defensive front got that much better for years to come now that they have officially locked up Ford.