Chiefs sign No. 1 draft pick Dee Ford as rookie minicamp begins
05/24/2014 1:59 PM
05/25/2014 3:03 PM
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.