The Kansas City Chiefs selected Auburn DE Dee Ford with their first-round pick of the 2014 Draft, 23rd overall.

In five years playing for the Tigers, Ford started 20-of-52 games that he played in, recording 93 tackles (59 solos) that included 20.5 sacks for minus 163 yards, 27.5 stops for losses of 263 yards and 30 quarterback pressures. Ford also caused three fumbles, deflected two passes and intercepted another, along with blocking one kick. Among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players, Ford closed out his career ranked fifth in tackle-for-loss yardage (263)

Following a two-sack performance in the BCS title game against Florida State, Ford accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl, where he used the week-long practices in Mobile to showcase his NFL potential. Ford was dominant in Senior Bowl practices and the game itself, later receiving Defensive MVP honors, no doubt jumping on teams' radar.