Oct 6, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly spits during the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Philadelphia Eagles Wanted Dee Ford

Much of the knock on the Dee Ford selection is that he was a reach at 23. Many felt Kansas City could have traded back from 23 and still pick Ford as late as the second round. But if this report proves true, Kansas City may have caught a break to get Ford at 23.


One area where this draft was not deep was in pass rushing. Several of the Chiefs’ main needs, specifically at wide receiver and in the secondary, are pretty deep in this draft. But finding a legit pass rusher was going to be tough once KC picked again in the third round. This is part of the reason why John Dorsey may have leaned Ford instead of some of the other players who were available.

Philadelphia may have been thinking the same thing. The Eagles had a heck of a time trying to stop the pass in 2013 and an improved pass rush would have done wonders for them. It is clear they thought they could get their pass rusher and add another pick in the process. Dorsey and Andy Reid put a kink in that plan.

Instead of taking Ford the Eagles ended up with Marcus Smith, a defensive end from Louisville. Smith is widely being panned one of the worst, if not the worst, pick in the first round.

Let’s give it up to Dorsey and Reid. They clearly understand the board and how to send out smoke screens very well.

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  • paul pace

    The smoke screens sure fooled me! I was thinking they would draft offense, especially WR. But, then again this draft is deep in WR’s so maybe they can pick up one in the 3rd or 4th rounds. But, after their selection in the first, it’s anybody’s guess. I guess that is why Dorsey get’s paid all the big bucks to make those decisions. Just hope he is right with picking Ford for the first pick. After all, the draft is basically a crap shoot and time will only tell if Ford will be an impact player.

    • KCMikeG

      Look what our offense did as the year progressed and Reid opened up his playbook. The think about what happened to our defense when our record setting pace went out of order which exposed the DB’s. Ford is a relentless beast.

  • Roger Mihalko

    I personally think Chip Kelly is an Asshat of epic proportions….and if taking ford away from him, stings, than good. I don’t think I have disliked a coach in the NFL this bad since Barry Switzer (not even going to go there). OH well sorry philly, and screw kelly!1 onward to round 2/3/4/5/6

  • chief4ever

    May be the steal of the draft at # 23 (defensive MVP at Senior Bowl )….4.59 in the 40 and 29 reps….Ford has the tools and athleticism to play DE, OLB , and even ILB in some blitz packages. Let’s finish the draft, the signings after draft and camp before we start deciding the 2014-2015 season predictions. Go Chiefs !

  • mattU

    The Eagles ended up taking the next highest rated pass rushing LB at 26, so I’m not sure why this is even noteworthy…It’s so obvious they were targeting Ford that it is a total waste of bytes for that twitter post, this story, and my comment.