May 9, 2014
Auburn's Dee Ford met the Georgia Bulldogs
By Charles Goldberg
Dee Ford treated the Kansas City media Friday with the good things headed its way, whether with his good, detailed answers or his ability to inject humor into the day.
Exhibit A: Why he wasn't a good high school receiver.
"I wasn't really good at the pretty boy game. I was good at the dirty work," he said with a smile.
The Kansas City Chiefs flew in their first-round draft choice for a meeting with the press and to meet team executives. He had come a long way, from a draft party Thursday night in Anniston, from his days as a sack-leading defensive end at Auburn.
"The whole process I told myself it doesn't matter where I'm drafted because it's out of my hands. But I can control my work ethic," he said.
"I don't want to sound like I know everything. I don't. This is my first day here."
Ford led Auburn in sacks and tackles for a loss last season. But he said sacks totals aren't as important as when the sacks are made.
"I always wanted always to have productive, efficient sacks. That's my mindset going into a game that's close," he said.
It was Ford who tackled Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel twice in the closing moments to help preserve an Auburn win last year. It was Ford who slammed into Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has he attempted a final pass that would have won the game.
Ford, as usual, said all the right things in Kansas City.
"It reminds me a lot of Auburn. This is a perfect situation for me, and I'm going to take full advantage of it," he said.
Ford was asked why the Chiefs chose him.
"I'm hearing he admired my energy in the Combine interview. Just me, meeting the staff, I feel at home right now. I want to be a team player."
Ford contended he was the best pass rusher in the draft.
"And that just comes along with I like to play confident," he said. "I think that's where it starts. I think every athlete has a right to think that about himself, especially the ones who put in a lot of work. But that's over now. I'm here to be a teammate. I'm here to learn."
Ford said pass rushing with a purpose will be important in the NFL.
"That get-off is so vital, so deadly," he said. "I love speed rush. Pass rush is an art."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine