2015 NFL DRAFT

Dee Ford, DE

School: Auburn  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Odenville, AL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 252 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
3021-2
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05/12/2014 - 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

05/12/2014 - 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

05/12/2014 - 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

05/08/2014 - 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

05/06/2014 - 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

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 39. Dee Ford DE, Auburn (6-2, 252, 4.67, SR)...An athletic edge rusher, Ford has explosive quickness with natural bend, acceleration and flexibility to get around blockers with easy speed. He didn't participate at the Combine due to a few injury concerns, but health isn't a large concern. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: New Orleans Saints...DE Dee Ford, Auburn: The Saints are sitting pretty with starters Cameron Jordan, a Pro Bowl pick last season, and Akiem Hicks, but their only backups -- Glenn Foster and Tyrunn Walker -- were undrafted free agents. While it's not a top need, it could prompt the Saints to look for an upgrade in a player like Ford, who has 4.69 speed off the edge and can drop into coverage when needed, if he's still there at No. 27. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 21. Dee Ford, DE, Auburn, 6-2, 243, 4.67, 1...Always respected by coaches and teammates, Ford finally became an obvious force to the rest of football in 2013 as an undersized edge rusher, finishing the regular season with 12.5 tackles for loss, including 8.5 sacks. He is a fluid athlete with impressive burst, agility and underrated strength. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

02/19/2014 - Dee Ford is not dreading his arrival on the NFL's big stage. The NFL Combine begins Thursday and the former Auburn defensive end is ready to perform and show he's worth a first-round selection rather than the fulfilling the early second-round projections many experts have him slotted. "I'm not nervous at all," Ford said Tuesday on the NFL Network. "I'm prepared, I already know I'm trying to go there and shock the world. That's something I've been preparing for, for a long time. I feel like if you're not prepared then you're nervous, but I'm prepared." Ford blew past offensive tackles with relative ease during Senior Bowl preparations and again in the game itself. He picked up Defensive MVP honors in Mobile and has been training for the upcoming combine ever since.

Ford jumped on most teams' radar in Mobile and as a result took some pressure off himself heading into the NFL Combine, where he will be quizzed by scouts as much as he will be tested in the 40-yard dash and in the weight room. Ford has been "really working on that speed" in the weeks leading up to the combine. "It's a great opportunity to really show how athletic you are," Ford said. "I'm going to take advantage of every drill, so I'm working on every drill and I'm there to compete. I want to win every drill. I want to have the best time. I'm not looking over this thing. I know I can play football, but I want to show my athleticism, too." Ford recorded 10.5 sacks, finishing second only to Missouri's Michael Sam during his senior season in the SEC. His explosiveness off the edge as a pass rusher, especially his first step and improved counter moves, sticks out to the scouts. - Brandon Marcello, The Huntsville Times

01/25/2014 - MVP Ford leads South to Senior Bowl win...Auburn defensive end Dee Ford won Senior Bowl MVP honors with two sacks in the South's 20-10 victory over the North on Saturday in Mobile, Ala. Quarterbacks Derek Carr of Fresno State and David Fales of San Jose State each threw a touchdown pass for the South, but Ford capped a dominant week in practice and the game. He also batted down a pass by Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas deep in North territory in the first half. Auburn cornerback Chris Davis added an interception for the South. Davis was the hero of the Iron Bowl game in November when he returned Alabama's failed field goal attempt for the winning touchdown on the final play. Named the South's Most Outstanding Player was Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood, who caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Fales.

Carr threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Colorado State tight end Crockett Gillmore on the South's opening drive and was 7 of 12 for 45 yards in the game. Auburn's Cody Parkey kicked 50- and 39-yard field goals for the South. Wisconsin running back James White was named the North's Most Outstanding Player after scoring on a 1-yard run with 6:04 remaining in the game. He finished with 62 yards on 11 carries. It was not the greatest day for quarterbacks, who combined to throw five interceptions. Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo, a late sub for Alabama's AJ McCarron, was 6-of-11 passing for 32 yards and Miami's Stephen Morris completed 10 of 18 for a game-high 89 yards but was intercepted twice. Clemson's Tajh Boyd was 7 of 16 for 31 yards and an interception and Thomas was sacked five times. - The Sports Xchange

01/25/2014 - Derek Carr and David Fales both threw touchdown passes and Auburn's Dee Ford racked up two sacks in the South's 20-10 victory over the North in the Senior Bowl on Saturday. The showcase game for top senior NFL prospects was mostly dominated by the defenses, including big plays from two defenders from national runner-up Auburn. Ford polished off his week by twice sacking Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas in the first half and Chris Davis had an interception. Ford, who also had a pair of sacks in the national championship game, was named the game's MVP. Alabama receiver Kevin Norwood caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Fales of San Jose State and received the South's Most Outstanding Player honors.

Wisconsin's James White scored on a 1-yard run with 6:04 left in the game for the North's only touchdown. He was selected the North's MOP after rushing for 62 yards on 11 carries. Ford also batted down a pass in the backfield when the North was buried deep in its own territory that would have been a sure touchdown if he'd held onto it. Offensively, it looked just like what it was: an all-star game with players trying to get in synch with a few days of practice. The quarterbacks with the fewest mistakes won the day after the South built a 20-3 lead. - AP Sports

01/25/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl: Auburn's Dee Ford headlines list of Risers-Fallers...Dee Ford, DE, Auburn - Ford impressed with a chiseled build at 6-foot-2, 243 pounds during the weigh-in and was virtually unstoppable off the edge during the practices, showing burst, bend and closing speed. He was the most dynamic player on the field during the game, itself, recording two sacks and timing a leap to knock down a pass to earn MVP honors. Ford's dominant week boosted his stock at least a full round and could result in a top 32 selection. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/22/2014 - Dee Ford has picked up where he left off during the season. The Auburn defensive end, who sacked Florida State's Jameis Winston twice in the BCS championship game, has blown by offensive tackles a number of times in practices leading up to Saturday's Senior Bowl. The 6-foot-2, 243-pound Ford is projected as either an outside linebacker or defensive end in the NFL, depending on his destination. The projected second-round pick has turned some heads this week going against players like Vanderbilt's Wesley Johnson, Tennessee's Ja'Wuan James and Virginia's Morgan Moses.

"I think that all it takes is one team to really like him, and I think that Dee is exciting," said Gus Bradley, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the South team. "I really like his personality. I like his spirit. He loves the game, and he showcases that on the practice field. Any time a guy can come off the edge and show his ability to have some rushes in him, I think it really stands out and it really pops out for all the coaches."

Ford would be a "LEO," or hybrid linebacker/defensive end on the Jaguars' defense, but his size leaves his position destination uncertain. He has beefed up by 50-plus pounds since high school. A gym rat who regularly squeezed in extra workouts at gyms in Auburn, he arrived as a comparatively skinny 190-pounder. "Any time I get success, I think about all the work I put into it," Ford said. "Y'all have seen me grow from that little guy in 2009 to now. This is what I expected to do at this level, on this stage. It's what I expected." - AP Sports

01/21/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl: 10 observations from Monday's South practice...6. Given his 6-foot-2, 243-pound frame, perhaps it isn't surprising that Auburn's Dee Ford was the most explosive of the South's pass-rushers but he certainly showed the burst to catch the attention of every scout in the stands. Ford is stronger than his size indicates and carried over the strong senior campaign that helped his Tigers qualify for the national championship game into Monday's practice. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl: Defenders Ford, Watkins shine on Tuesday...The Southeastern Conference breeds future NFL stars and the South squad at the Senior Bowl has 22 players on the roster from college football's superior conference. And two former SEC players specifically stood out during Tuesday's practice: Auburn DE Dee Ford and Florida CB Jaylen Watkins. Ford has been dominating offensive tackles all week with his explosive athleticism and natural bend off the edge. He has displayed the first step burst and quick acceleration to win with speed and never slow his get-off momentum through the rush. Ford keeps his frame low and does a nice job attacking the body of blockers to win leverage before quickly ripping past them. He made mincemeat out of North Dakota State's Billy Turner and Vanderbilt's Wesley Johnson on a few occasions, building on the buzz he started in Monday's practice. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/20/2014 - 2014 SENIOR BOWL, DEFENSIVE LINE: Arrow pointing up: Dee Ford, Auburn...The Tigers top pass rusher this season, Ford tallied 10.5 sacks as an edge rusher with his natural athleticism and quick acceleration off the snap. He shows natural bend and flexibility and has some hybrid qualities so he will be evaluated differently by 4-3 and 3-4 teams. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/07/2014 - Jernigan (FSU), Ford (Auburn) star in BCS Championship...For much of the evening, the old adage that offense wins games but defense wins championships was never more appropriate than in Monday night's BCS Championship game. While the hype surrounding the final bowl game of the BCS era focused will no doubt dwell on flashy skill position players like Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and fellow finalist Tre Mason, it was eye-popping performances from teammates on the defensive side of the ball that could have NFL scouts adjusting their rankings. Auburn's Dee Ford was every bit Jernigan's match for the Tigers, blowing past Florida State's senior right tackle Bobby Hart with a lethal combination of burst, balance and underrated power to sack Winston twice and hurry the freshman sensation several other times.

Ford, a senior, has similar size restraints, which make his projection to the NFL a tricky one. Teams who utilize an undersized "LEO" defensive end could keep the 6-foot-2, 246-pound pass rusher on the line in pass-rushing situations but most see his best fit in the NFL as a stand-up pass rusher in the 3-4 alignment. Ford is projected by NFLDraftScout.com as a third round pick and the No. 9 outside linebacker of the 2014 class. Like Jernigan, Ford uses his "average" height for the position to his advantage. Possessing broad shoulders and a thick trunk, he is stronger at the point of attack than he looks.

Fourth-quarter dynamics from Winston and Mason (among others) stole back the spotlight but for much of the game it was Jernigan and Ford who were early contenders for MVP honors. In the minds of NFL scouts watching, each "undersized" defender showed the ability to match up against physical competition on the big stage. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/11/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: DE - Dee Ford, Auburn, 6-2, 240, Sr,...Has been selected First Team All-SEC for the 2013 college football season by the Associated Press. Ford has a team-best 12?? tackles for a loss, including 8?? sacks. - Auburn football

12/11/2013 - 2013 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL - Dee Ford, Auburn...Has been selected Second Team All-SEC for the 2013 college football season by the SEC Coaches. Ford has a team-best 12?? tackles for a loss, including 8?? sacks. - Auburn football

10/19/2013 - Nick Marshall accounted for four scores and No. 24 Auburn battered Johnny Manziel in a 45-41 win over No. 7 Texas A&M on Saturday. Tre Mason's 5-yard score with less than two minutes to play was first ruled down at the 1, but it was reviewed and ruled a touchdown. A&M (5-2, 2-2 SEC) had a last chance, but Manziel was sacked by Dee Ford on fourth down to secure the win.

Manziel threw for 454 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a fifth score, but also had two interceptions and missed a series in the fourth quarter with an apparent injury to his right arm or shoulder before returning. Marshall threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 100 yards and two more scores for Auburn (6-1, 3-1), which lost 63-21 to the Aggies last season. - AP Sports

09/07/2013 - DE Dee Ford (knee) returned to practice Monday night but his status for the game is not known at this time. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said Monday he expects him to be out a "couple of weeks." - The Sports Xchange

08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (COACHES): DL - Dee Ford, Auburn,...Ford, a three-year letterman at defensive end, has emerged as the veteran leader of the new-look Auburn defense under coordinator Ellis Johnson. With 64 career tackles, 13 TFL and 10 career sacks, the senior from Odenville, Ala., is a returning starter on the defensive front and earned preseason all-SEC recognition from Athlon. - Auburn football

08/21/2013 - TOP AUBURN PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. OLB Dee Ford (6-2, 238, 4.72)...As his size suggests, Ford relies on his burst off the snap to gain the corner against offensive tackles. He accelerates smoothly and is flexible enough to bend around the corner as a pure speed rusher. Besides speed, however, Ford possesses long arms and broad shoulders. These give him better pop at the point of attack than his opponents expect.

While he's not going to be able to hold up against a powerful run-blocking right tackle all day long, Ford shows some toughness in setting the edge and does a nice job of jumping outside to keep contain. Best of all, while most of his snaps due come from the three-point stance, he is occasionally asked to drop back into coverage, giving scouts evidence that he'll be able to handle coverage duties. Ford shows balance and efficient change-of-direction skills when operating in reverse, making him one to watch as a linebacker convert. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/21/2013 - TOP AUBURN PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. OLB Dee Ford (6-2, 238, 4.72)...Like Lemonier before him, Ford is an undersized pass-rusher who primarily lines up at defensive end for Auburn but will be asked to transition to outside linebacker in the NFL. With Lemonier now a member of the 49ers, all eyes are on Ford, who led the team with six sacks, to pick up the slack. Unfortunately for Auburn, Ford went down with an undisclosed injury during practice this week that puts his availability for the opener in question.

Assuming he is healthy (Malzahn said he "hopes" Ford will be ready for the Aug. 31 opener vs. WSU), Ford possesses the burst, lateral agility and surprising strength at the point of attack to enjoy a breakout senior campaign. He seems to think he's on track to do precisely that, opting to change jersey numbers in 2013. He will be wearing No. 30 this year (as he did in high school) after sporting No. 95 earlier in his career at Auburn. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/19/2013 - Auburn defensive end Dee Ford is expected to miss the season opener against Washington State because of a knee injury. Tigers defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said Monday night that Ford will be out for the Aug. 31 game. Johnson says the team's top pass rusher will be out for an extended time but he's not sure how long. Ford led the Tigers with six sacks last season. He's expected to be a leader of the defensive line. The injury could force highly recruited defensive ends Carl Lawson or Elijah Daniel to play a bigger role early. Johnson says backup cornerback Jonathan Jones also will miss the opener after undergoing ankle surgery on Monday following an off-the-field accident. Safety Demetruce McNeal was dismissed over the weekend following an arrest. - AP Sports

07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): DL - Dee Ford, Auburn (38)...Ford was in on 34 tackles last season and had six sacks ... Bednarik Award preseason watch list ...Starter at defensive end ... eight career starts ... two sacks of Clemson's Tajh Boyd for -14 yards; those two sacks and his seven tackles overall were both career bests in 2012. - Auburn football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: DE Dee Ford, Auburn..."I'm very surprised to hear that I'm on the Bednarik Award list. This just makes me want to solidify my qualifications and work even harder to show that Auburn should be represented on this list," Ford said. "It's been a long journey for me and I owe any success to my strength coaches, football coaches, and teammates for being patient with me while I developed. I'm very thankful for this new responsibility and the opportunity we have this season."

Ford, a three-year letterman at defensive end, has emerged as the veteran leader of the new-look Auburn defense under coordinator Ellis Johnson. With 64 career tackles, 13 TFL and 10 career sacks, the senior from Odenville, Ala., is a returning starter on the defensive front and earned preseason all-SEC recognition from Athlon. - Auburn football

 
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05/12/2014 - 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

 

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