The Kansas City Chiefs had Auburn's Dee Ford rated as the No. 2 pass rusher in the 2014 NFL Draft, according to Chiefs GM John Dorsey, who spoke to the media on Thursday night after the pick was made. Presumably, the No. 1 pass rusher in the draft is Jadeveon Clowney, who went No. 1 overall to the Houston Texans.
What's interesting about Dorsey calling Ford the No. 2 pass rusher in the draft is that Ford made headlines earlier this offseason saying that he was better than the all-world Clowney.
"I admire him not only as a person, but again, I keep adding his ability to rush the passer," Dorsey said. "If you look at him later into the season, as he goes along, we clearly thought he was the second-best pass rusher in this draft.
"If you watch the National Championship Game against Florida State, if you watch him against Texas A&M, even if you watch him in the Senior Bowl, the way he dominated people in the Senior Bowl, he's got a unique trait. Not only is it speed, but what the great pass rushers have is they have this strong interior hip, when they start leaning to the quarterback, he doesn't lose his balance and he continues to drive forward and that, to me, is a very rare trait."
More Xs and Os talk can be found at Stephen White's scouting report.
Video of Dorsey's press conference. More quotes are below.
'You just got a champion'
"One of our scouts got a text from the head coach at Auburn saying, ‘You just got a champion.' You guys will see that tomorrow, when he comes in for the interview."
Ford was the highest-rated remaining player
"All along, like I said earlier, we had targeted four guys and he was in a grouping of that four and as it began to unfold, you could see certain things begin to work out. When it unfolded, we all kind of looked at each other and said, ‘You know what? We just added a little pass rush here to the Kansas City Chiefs.'"
Good locker room addition
"He's going to be part of that locker room culture that we talk about and he'll be a fine addition to that