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Chiefs sign No. 1 draft pick Dee Ford as rookie minicamp begins

  • Published Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, May 25, 2014, at 3:03 p.m.

The Chiefs announced Saturday that they have signed rookie outside linebacker Dee Ford to a contract.

The club now has all six of its 2014 draft picks under contract.

A two-year starter, Ford, who has gained roughly 40 pounds since he arrived at Auburn, was a bona-fide pass-rush terror his senior season, when he missed a few games because of an ACL injury but still racked up 29 tackles, 14 1/2 tackles for loss and 10 1/2 sacks in only 11 games.

He also had a dominant performance in Auburn’s 34-31 loss to Florida State in the BCS championship game, when he had three tackles and two sacks and was a constant pest as a pass rusher.

The team also announced that Ford will wear No. 55 this season, not the No. 90 he was issued shortly after being drafted. Fourth-round pick De’Anthony Thomas, a running back/receiver, will wear No. 1, presumably until the start of the regular season. Running backs and receivers are not allowed to wear single digits, per NFL rules.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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