Day one of rookie minicamp means we get to here from some of the Chiefs’ draft picks for the first time since they were drafted. Here’s what Dee Ford, Aaron Murray, and De’Anthony Thomas had to say about the start of their professional careers.
Q: What kind of relief is it to have your contract out of the way?
FORD: “I just want to play football. I’m excited about the opportunity to get to play here. Now I’m officially a Chief.”
Q: Do you think you’ll fit in the way you did in Auburn’s defense?
FORD: “Yeah. I’m going to rush the passer. I am dropping in coverage and they’re doing a great job teaching me. I’m learning the system. It’s becoming second nature. They’re going to beat it into my brain, so I’ll get it. I fit perfectly in the system playing behind Justin (Houston) and Tamba (Hali), and I can come in and make some plays.”
Q: How exciting was it to be a part of an organized drill
FORD: “It was good. It’s football. This is what I came here to do. I just want to put who I am out on the field and see what they have and improve from here.”
Q: What are you thinking when you rush the passer?
FORD: “I don’t know. I just go. I don’t really think. I just react. You get a plan, you just work it and trust it.”
Q: You had an interception on the first team play. How was that?
FORD: “It was great. Teamwork, got batted the ball to me. I just reacted off of that. It was fun.”
Q: Where is your comfort level now after being here for a while?
FORD: “I give it a C. There is always room for improvement. I don’t want to feel like I’ve arrived. I want to stay grounded and just learn. You can never learn too much. You always have to stay at the C. There’s always room for improvement.”
Q: Why did you change your number?
FORD: “The opportunity presented itself. I’d play at any number, but of course 55 came available. This is Derrick Thomas’ college number. It’s all good. I’m not trying to be Derrick Thomas, but he’s a guy that definitely inspired me. The opportunity presented itself, so I took it.”