Round 1, Pick No. 23: Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn
Obviously, Dee Ford didn’t see the field much, but that has less to do with his ability and more to do with Tamba Hali’s. Though his stats probably didn’t justify it this year, remember that No. 91 is a perennial Pro Bowl selection; it’s not like Ford’s sitting behind Andy Studebaker.
I can’t peer into a crystal ball and tell you when Hali is leaving town (or retiring), but I can tell you that when he does, Ford will become a fan favorite—and quickly.
He’s still acclimating to the position and needs to brush up on his run defense—just as mentor did when first entering the league—but there’s a reason why his first step keeps drawing comparisons to the most beloved linebacker in Chiefs history, Derrick Thomas.
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