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Chiefs bring Dee Ford to Kansas City with 23rd pick

Dee Ford

The Chiefs couldn’t hold onto a 38-10 lead against the Colts in the playoffs in January and they decided to pick a player who could help them hold future leads with the 23rd pick of the first round.

Dee Ford had 8.5 sacks for Auburn as a defensive end last season, but he’s on the small side for the position in Kansas City’s defense. That may lead to a move to outside linebacker and, if Ford proves worthy of early playing time, some creative formations that get him on the field with Tamba Hali and Justin Houston in passing situations.

That may be something of a luxury for the Chiefs at this point, but Hali has a good chance of becoming a cap casualty in 2015 as it would save the Chiefs $9 million. Ford can contribute as a situational rusher as a rookie while gaining experience and skill that will make him an every down contributor in the future.

The Chiefs may now look toward wide receiver, where they could use some help if they want to build more 38-10 leads to protect in the future.

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18 Responses to “Chiefs bring Dee Ford to Kansas City with 23rd pick”
  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: May 8, 2014 10:59 PM

    He will be the star of this draft !

  2. jjackwagon says: May 8, 2014 11:00 PM

    Definitely need the help on Defense but I think the secondary was a bigger need. Having another pass rusher never hurts when you have to play Manning and Rivers twice year.

  3. pigbenis69 says: May 8, 2014 11:00 PM

    Andy Reid loves drafting pass rushers.

    Too bad they never pan out.

  4. Lord Oswald Bupkis III says: May 8, 2014 11:02 PM

    Why?

  5. ottawabrave91 says: May 8, 2014 11:05 PM

    Why. Why another first round d lineman? Dorsey, Jackson……at least this dude not from LSU

  6. mauicat1 says: May 8, 2014 11:05 PM

    No surprise. Reid has taken a lineman in eight of ten years. I would have liked to have seen a d-back, but for now I will have to trust Reid and Dorsey.

  7. hankstramjr says: May 8, 2014 11:08 PM

    Can he run an out route?

  8. jbaxt says: May 8, 2014 11:10 PM

    I really was thinking Dennard but with Hali aging and Houston likely to get a big contract, if KC can afford him, this at least provides some insurance.

  9. typinggibberish says: May 8, 2014 11:10 PM

    Somebody had to draft him.

  10. kcfanatic says: May 8, 2014 11:21 PM

    Who are the Chiefs going to draft #1 overall in next year’s draft?

  11. kcflake says: May 8, 2014 11:22 PM

    I am a die hard chiefs fan and I like thee pick. I admit I never thought the chiefs would take dee ford. The chiefs defense died last year when halo and houston went down with injury. Now we are covered if it happens again and ford can help us rack up more sacks.

  12. chiefdt58 says: May 8, 2014 11:23 PM

    They had Marqise Lee in their lap. He is going to be a stud for somebody. They needed a DE, but a speed receiver with good hands to take attention off of Bowe was right there for the taking.

  13. riverhorsey says: May 8, 2014 11:30 PM

    Move Hali inside…that’s why.

  14. jbaxt says: May 9, 2014 12:08 AM

    Hali can’t play inside, maybe situational 3rd and long you’ll see all 3 in there. As for WR they say this is the deepest year for wr, and WR takes longer than any other position to develop.

  15. BED MAN OKC says: May 9, 2014 1:57 AM

    Chiefs needed a WR, (because Dwayne Bowe is a jag) – but more importantly that that – they needed a DB, because Cooper made Eric Decker an extra 10 million dollars this past off season.

  16. bloodthirstyojs says: May 9, 2014 11:20 AM

    They had Marqise Lee in their lap. He is going to be a stud for somebody. They needed a DE, but a speed receiver with good hands to take attention off of Bowe was right there for the taking.

    If they thought he was the best player available then he would’ve been drafted. They must see things you don’t.

  17. raiderapologist says: May 9, 2014 12:03 PM

    He probably won’t get through training camp before he lands on IR.

  18. jjackwagon says: May 9, 2014 2:41 PM

    RA…Neither will Schaub. You might want to think about that.

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