2014 NFL Draft
Name: Dee Ford
Position: Outside Linebacker
Positives: Dee Ford has a tremendous motor, which makes him one of the top pass rushers in the 2014 Draft. He has a great anticipation of the snap count, and gets a good jump out of his stance. Great leverage combined with his quickness off the ball, makes him a good speed rusher off the edge. Ford seems able to operate with equal effectiveness with his hand on the ground or standing up. Has good change direction and can run down plays from the back end.
Negatives: Ford played mostly as a defensive end at Auburn, so it may take him some time to develop fully as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. He’s a bit smaller than you want for an outside linebacker, but he still seems to have the strength and ability to battle bigger offensive linemen without too much trouble.
Impact on the Redskins: Dee Ford’s talent as a speed rusher off the edge is an ability that any team could use, and the Redskins could certainly use as many pass rushers as possible. And he gives them quality depth in case starters Brian Orakpo or Ryan Kerrigan go down with an injury. Orakpo is seeking a long-term contract, but in case things don’t work out in that regard, the Redskins would already have an adequate replacement in Ford.
Where the Redskins might pick him: The Redskins would have to pick Dee Ford with their second round pick # 34, as he most certainly won’t be on the board after the second round. Ford will more than likely be a late first round pick, but there’s a small possibility he could be on the board when the Redskins pick.
Other teams interested: New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles,
2014 NFL Draft