The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft occurred last night and there were a lot of nervous Kansas City Chiefs fans as the 23rd overall pick drew nearer. In a crazy first round that only had one quarterback going in the top ten, it started to dawn on Chiefs fans that this draft might not be as predictable as they thought.
The Chiefs ended up selecting Auburn defensive end Dee Ford, a decision which seemed lopsided to fans. Many thought that Kansas City would take a wide receiver, offensive lineman, cornerback, or even a safety, which might be why people were confused by this pick.
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I, for one, am okay with this pick. Sure I would have liked for Kansas City to select a cornerback or a safety, but any defensive pick works for me. Remember last season when the Chiefs’ defense struggled after both Tamba Hali and Justin Houston went down? Well, that hopefully won’t be a problem with Dee Ford in a Chiefs uniform from now on.
Ford had 93 tackles, 20.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and one interception in five years with Auburn (Source: Sports Reference). He may not have been the most obvious pick for Kansas City, but he might be just what the Chiefs need in 2014. Hali and Derrick Johnson aren’t getting any younger and it’s time to find a young stud to join Houston out on the field.
At one point, it sounded like the Chiefs were considering drafting Johnny Manziel, as he slid pretty far down. The Philadelphia Eagles ended up trading their 22nd pick to the Cleveland Browns, which is where Manziel ended up and probably the reason that the analysts didn’t spend a lot of time discussing Dee Ford going to Kansas City.
Keep in mind that a lot of people weren’t happy with the Chiefs selecting Dontari Poe in the first round in 2012 either and he has turned into one of Kansas City’s best defensive players. Just because Ford wasn’t the “obvious” pick doesn’t mean he wasn’t a good one.
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