When the Kansas City Chiefs selected Auburn defensive end, Dee Ford, on Thursday night, the reaction was mixed amongst Chiefs fans.
— Doug Cheatham (@DrunkComedy) May 9, 2014
The Kansas City Chiefs: Disappointing their eternally loyal fan base and pissing away draft picks since God knows when.
Barbosa (@AJBARBROSA) May 9, 2014
The chiefs severely dingled by choosing random moron Dee Ford. Who is this guy? He can’t even hit! #weredone4
— jamison cascio (@CascioKing) May 9, 2014
Now don’t get too bent out of shape Chiefs fans, Dee Ford has tremendous upside and his selection just proves how important pass rushers are to Bob Sutton’s scheme.
Go watch Dee Ford in the national championship game. He terrorized Florida State all night.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) May 9, 2014
Dee Ford joins Justin Houston and Tamba Hali in the KC pass rush. Ford had 28 total pressures last season, 3rd most in the SEC #KCpick
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 9, 2014
So what does this mean? It most likely means that this is Tamba Hali’s final season in Kansas City. He’s on the back half of his career and is slated to make $12 million in 2015. That just isn’t going to happen. Now, there is a chance that Hali stays a Chiefs the rest of his career and that’s if he’s willing to take a significant pay cut.
As far as Dee Ford goes, I think it’s a solid pick that has a lot of logic behind it. Besides Hali’s future, Ford will bring so many more packages to the Chiefs defense, especially in passing situations. Ford could be the stand up linebacker and allow Hali to line up anywhere along the line of scrimmage. And don’t forget about Dontari Poe, the lines they face can’t double team all of them.
All I have to say is give this guy a chance before calling it a wasted pick. I remember tossing my nice straw fedora hat across a beautiful hotel lobby in Cancun, Mexico when the Chiefs drafted Dontari Poe in 2012. I was dead wrong and couldn’t be happier with that pick now.
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