The Atlanta Falcons have been one of the busiest teams (at least publicly) with regard to the 2014 NFL Draft, and on Tuesday, the organization reportedly introduced another name into the mix when they hosted Auburn pass rusher Dee Ford for a visit.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 22, 2014
The Falcons currently hold the #6 overall pick in the draft, but it would appear that Ford would be on their radar for their second round selection or possibly for a trade-up possibility at the end of the first round. Currently, Ford is rated as the #34 player by ESPN’s Scouts, Inc., and ironically, he is projected to land with the Falcons at the #37 overall pick in both of the latest mock drafts from Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay.
Ford’s biggest attribute for NFL scouts is his pass-rushing ability, and with Atlanta’s well-chronicled issues in that department, the fit makes some sense. The 6-foot-2, 244-pound rush end from Auburn generated 8.5 sacks last season in the SEC, and with the Falcons very much in the running to select an offensive lineman with the 6th pick, snatching Ford would be a win in the second round.