Dee Ford NFL Draft 2014: Grading Chiefs' 1st-Round Pick

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Dee Ford was drafted 23rd overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2014 NFL draft. The former Auburn defensive end ranks as one of the most talented players in the draft, and that talent was too much for the Chiefs to pass up this year. 

Ford emerged as a dominant pass-rusher over the last season at Auburn, wreaking havoc in opposing backfields all season long. He was a skilled pass-rusher, blowing past opposing tackles to get to the passer quickly. He wound up earning first-team All-SEC honors in his senior season. 

Ford is incredibly fast and agile off the snap, using those natural skills to blow past the offensive line to make plays in the backfield and at the point of contact. He flashed the ability to drop into coverage on occasion and wasn't a bad pass defender. 

However, Ford has his share of warts. He didn't drop into coverage much, and he lacks the strength to really be a force in defending the run. He's a pure pass-rusher, and as we've seen in the past, they often struggle to adjust to the NFL

Will Ford become a force as a linebacker-defensive end hybrid? Or will his lack of strength hold him back from being effective? Watch as our draft experts discuss his ceiling and what he brings to the pros as a rookie.