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Ford Talks Family, Pass Rushing on First Day as Chief

The Chiefs' first-round pick name drops Derrick Thomas as influence while meeting with the media in Kansas City.

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) Dee Ford was quick to address his comments about being a better pass rusher than Jadaveon Clowney on Friday. 

"I think every athlete has the right to think that about themselves especially when you put in a lot of work with what you do. But that's over now. I'm here to be a teammate."

The Chiefs introduced the 23rd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex, complete with the No. 90 jersey he'll don in Kansas City. 

"I'm hearing about the fans. This is a family workspace. I just feel so at home. (Kansas City) itself is not a big city. Auburn is not a big city. It's home."

Ford's selection puzzled many fans with the likes of receiver Marquise Lee and cornerback Darqueze Dennard still available. Instead, general manager John Dorsey chose to bolster a unit that lead the NFL in sacks over the first half of the 2013 season before going on a rapid decline.

"I'm here to learn. There's a lot of guys, pro bowlers, hall of famers here that I'm trying to learn from."

Thought to be a possible replacement for veteran linebacker Tamba Hali, Ford, who led Auburn with 10.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss, confirmed his enthusiasm for getting to the quarterback. 

"It's one thing to have a lot sacks and it's one thing to have efficient sacks. Anyone can go out and have 10, 12 sacks. I don't want to get a sack when we're getting blown out. I want to get a sack when we're trying to win the game."

"I just get very intense and I get very focused naturally. I love the moment, I love the adrenaline. That's what you work for, those big moments."

Kansas City added another piece to their secondary in the third round on Friday night, selecting Rice cornerback Philip Gaines with the 87th pick. 



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