Jan 4, 2014; Newport Beach, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers cornerback Dee Ford (30) answers questions during Media Day at Newport Beach Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Kansas City Draft Grade: Dee Ford


Now before you go and immediately click “F” please read the next few paragraphs and watch this video.

Dee Ford is a good football player. John Dorsey and Andy Reid seem to be comfortable with his medicals, so Kansas City should expect a great deal of pass rush to be added to their defense.

Let’s start with Rob Rang‘s take on him:

Fluid athlete with impressive burst, agility and underrated strength. 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.

Also 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.

One should note Rang hand Ford going number five overall to the Falcons. Says a lot about what Rang thinks of Ford.

Kansas City gains a lot of flexibility with the Ford pick both in the future and in the present. In 2014, Ford can be the designated pass rusher when Hali or Houston needs a breather or in obvious passing downs. It will allow Bob Sutton to move either Hali, Houston, or Ford around to create pressure from different angles. An improved pass rush helps the Chiefs’ secondary significantly.

Houston is due to be a free agent after 2014. Hali will occupy nearly $12 million in cap space in 2015. Adding Ford means the Chiefs can either cut Hali or have leverage against Houston in contract negotiations. It is certainly possible the Chiefs could keep Hali and Houston for 2015 too if Hali agrees to take less money (which he is not obligated to do).

This is a good pick, and one I personally will grade as a B+. I’d grade it an A if it were not for the health concerns.

Now it is your turn, Addicts. What grade do you give the Dee Ford pick?

How would you grade the selection of Dee Ford?

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  • Trent Taylor

    If he can stay healthy, he will contribute from day one.

  • Jacko58

    B. have many glaring needs with wide out o line safety. Agreed a pass rush helps out but we will need a great draft to build depth

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I personally would grade it a B-. He’s a GOOD football player, they just reached a bit to draft him. Might be acceptable with Cooks, Clinton-Dix, and Pryor all gone though.

    • Kcfan

      Stacy that’s my belief. With who was gone I have no problem passing on lee who drops way too many passes to get another playmaker on d

    • Tra Tha Chief

      Hey Stacy what do you think about the Chiefs moving Hali back inside at the End position and the Chiefs putting Ford at Hali’s Linebacking position???? That sounds like an awesome move to me….. HALI, POE, DEVITO on the line….. FORD, MAYS, JOHNSON, HOUSTON….. Sounds pretty dangerous for the pass rush…. I think we would win some 1 on 1 battles with that lineup….

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Perhaps if he maintained the 20 extra pounds reports say he came to OTA’s with. Hahaha. That’s not the play though. Tamba should be at OLB. Ford will get plenty of snaps even as a third pass-rushing OLB in Kansas City. No need to move guys around.

  • Roc

    I love this pick, let’s see teams try and double Poe now!

    • tm1946

      And he can play the piano also, win, win.

      • James E. Deckard

        Joey Harrington could too…

  • Kcfan

    This shows that Reid/Dorsey were not comfortable with Lees drops. Add that to top safety’s gone and presence of sanders so that was not an option. Martin was gone so there went that value. No Beckham or cooks. Obviously no one wanted to trade up with manziel gone or we would have. Can’t complain

  • Isendoof

    With Ealy and Tuitt still on the board the Chiefs take a one-dimensional no-name nobody in rd one. WTF?

    • Kcfan

      And ealys not one dimensional?

      • mattU

        I’d say Tuitt is the most one-dimensional of the bunch…I think he’s basically Tyson Jackson 2.0

        Ford is a pure edge rusher and gets poor grades against the run. Ealy is better against the run, but I think getting to Manning and Rivers is a bigger priority than an OLB that’s a good run-stuffer.

    • freshmeat62

      “one-dimensional no-name”??? Good heavens man, he was considered a 1st rd prospect on just about every board I’ve seen

  • Kcfan

    I still think a rush package with tamba as a DE and Houston and ford coming off edge is nasty

    • Ian French

      Yep, allow tamba to put his weight back on and get out of dropping back to cover or play zone mismatches. He’s lost speed, but in his late career is still savage at getting in the backfield and disrupting runs and getting to the qb. Dee Ford will be great at OLB attacking with Houston and is quick enough to be an all around guy on the outside.

      • Kcfan

        Tamba is 20 pounds too heavy right now so he is ready for it!

    • Tra Tha Chief

      If this is our plan….. “Tamba as a DE and Houston and ford coming off edge” Then I love this pick…. I just hope we fill that LE role…. And if that is tamba moving back to that position…. Then this pick is genius…. GO CHIEFS…. Hoping for a great DAY 2….

      • Michael Anthony Dine

        But I don’t think they’d pit tamba back at defensive end since just a few years ago they converted him from a de

        • Tra Tha Chief

          Yeah i was just wondering since it is a new regime, and Dee ford reminds me a lot of a guy that Andy Reid is familiar with, and thats Trent Cole….

          • Michael Anthony Dine

            I think he’s going to be leverage when it comes to contract talks with hali and houston, probably going to be hali’s replacement

          • tm1946

            First round pick for leverage, never heard of that before, surprised other teams went for need or talent.

          • Michael Anthony Dine

            I’m not saying only for leverage I’m saying he’s probably going to be tamba’s replacement and also saying that they might also be able to use this as an advantage when talking about a new contract. No need to be a dick

          • Blaize Richardson

            Good thing Dee Ford is both need and talent.

  • Jason

    I’d say its a reach, I just hope they are very comfortable with his medical. Was hoping for a cb/s. Probably comfortable with Cummings stepping in at safety along with a young developing Cooper. With all the other teams picking a WR already, hopefully there aren’t many taken in the 2nd. I like Abberderis- the next Rob Thomas

    • Kcfan

      We still need to pick up a second. I think we should trade flowers for a second and a 4 or 5. He doesn’t fit the scheme and we can get younger and cheaper

      • Jason

        Flowers is worth more. He was injured most of last year. Never would have saw Cooper if not for that. Agree the should try to get in the second but would rather see Daniel or someone less proven go if needed

        • Kcfan

          Agree but but Daniels is nowhere near worth a two. Maybe we can get 2 twos for flowers, but he is not worth a one. I like flowers but if we are playing press man that’s not is strength

          • Jason

            I’d say it is especially without Lewis. He’s a top corner, just had a bad year. Would be hard to turn down 2 2′s with a 3rd, 4th, or 5th

          • Kcfan

            He is a top corner if we play cover 2, we don’t

          • Kcfan

            Our pass rush will obviously help but we can get his production from someone else

  • Blaize Richardson

    I was really hoping haha would fall to us, but since he didn’t Ford is a hell of a consolation prize. He can contribute right away and he gives us flexibility for the future. With all the talent we now have on defense and with more talent, sure to be added, Sutton can get very creative on defense. This selection really excites me.

    • Kcfan

      Agree totally

  • Daniel Ratcliff

    Tamba’s weed smoking rich life style has shortened his career, which is seen in his declining production and his 20 lb’s of couch potato chip fat for this season that he must work hard in the next couple of months to overcome. We will be lucky to get another season out of him. Hopefully we can find some sucker to trade him to, and get another draft pick. In any case, this is a smart pick, with the top player from other positions off of the board.

    • Kcfan

      This comment has no place here. If you want to say he is overweight fine, but tamba has been nothing but a pro since he was drafted. Even if he were to mess up and have a bad year no need for this talk

      • Jason

        Word

    • Jason

      Wow. That’s a little harsh. He’s one of the hardest working dudes on the team. It’s the offseason!

    • mattU

      Any evidence the weight gain was all fat? Hali was drafted at 275 lbs, so he’s what 10lbs more at age 30 than he was at 22? He LOST weight to become OLB and I can’t find any past reports indicating problems with weight gain in previous off-seasons, so I don’t understand why it’s just taken as fact that he’s become a total lard bucket over the last 5 months.

  • Ian French

    He’s no doubt an upgrade to our ATTACKING defense. I think we push Tamba up on the line now and let him do what he’s best at on passing downs.

    • Kcfan

      Especially on passing downs

  • Kcfan

    Anyone have comments on tambas retweets? Who apparently is not happy

  • Olivier

    B. Dennard was my pick.

  • chief4ever

    May be the steal of the draft at # 23 (look at Senior Bowl )…..depends on the rest of the draft….Ford has the tools and athleticism to play DE, OLB , ILB and and even SS. Let’s finish the draft, the signings after draft and camp before we start deciding the 2014-2015 season predictions. Go Chiefs !

    • tm1946

      If he can play guard and catch a pass or two, we are all set.

  • Michael Anthony Dine

    I think the chiefs using the smokescreen with all the qb talk backfired, instead of Cleveland trading with KC they moved ahead so they wouldn’t lose the guy they wanted

  • Peter C

    D He was the best the defensive player, but we NEEDED Lee. Call me strange, but who do we have on offense to catch besides Charles? McCluster was given to the Titans. So I don’t know who Alex will throw to. I’m sorry, but I personally give it my gut reaction of D.

    • Kcfan

      Why does everyone act like losing mccluster will hurt the offense? He was not explosive as a wr and never made a big play

      • Peter C

        I agree, but that’s not the point. My point is that we have NOBODY to catch the ball. Charles will be doing the bunt of the workload, again.

        • Kcfan

          Lee drops too many passes. Moncrief or abbrederris still in play today

          • Peter C

            See comment above^

          • Kcfan

            Offense scored 40 points in playoffs with no TE and Avery, Jenkins, and Hemingway, and no Charles. Needed def more

          • Peter C

            With Smith in overdrive, can’t expect that ever game.

    • Blaize Richardson

      Andy has always been able to create production on offense. I trust our offense will be fine. Alex Smith is still improving, AJJ still has potential, Weston Dressler has talent, Bowe started to get better late into the season, and Avery isn’t as bad as everyone makes him out to be. Avery has speed and playmaking ability. He’s not the worst WR to have on the roster like a lot of people act.

      • Peter C

        I wish I could believe in your logic. No matter what coach/staff you have you need talented players. I don’t see that much talent. We struggled to get 20 points. The only hope is to get Alex revved up into hyper drive.

        • Blaize Richardson

          We do needed talent players and that’s why we drafted one in Dee Ford. It’s not like we spent our first round pick on a punter. Also as far as struggling to get 20 points, that was in the beginning of the year when everyone was playing together for the first time and didn’t know Reid’s offense well enough yet (our offense was still good enough to contribute to a 9-0 start btw). Towards the end our offense was really rolling. Add another full off-season and a couple guys from the draft that can contribute and I think we should have one of the better offenses in the NFL. Our team has the talent right now to compete against anyone. I trully believe that.

    • ChiefTucson

      We scored 44 against the Colts. Defense was hurt by injuries to key players. If we had Ford for that game, I believe we would have won the Colts game. Grade B+

  • oldchiefsfan

    I thought when Clinton-Dix went 2 picks before us the Chiefs might go CB and get Darqueze Dennard. I wanted Clinton-Dix!!!! If they were really going to shop Flowers that would have made sense to me to pickup Dennard
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  • Larry Devore

    No Chiefs need secondary help, see last years playoff game.