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From the Plains to the pros: Dee Ford

Editor's note: Auburn has a rich history of sending players to the NFL. With that in mind, beat writer Ryan Black takes a look at each former Tiger that finds himself on an NFL roster (or should be once free agency and training camps shake out). The series will begin with those who have already been in the league for more than one season and conclude with the latest crop of players to land in the NFL, either through the draft or as an undrafted free agent.

Dee Ford, Kansas City Chiefs

Position: Linebacker

Drafted: Taken with No. 23 overall pick by Kansas City Chiefs in May

Career stats: N/A; rookie season

2014 outlook:

With his first-round status, Ford doesn't have to worry about making the team. That much is guaranteed at this point. But he's hungry for more, as he's already seen snaps with the first-team defense at outside linebacker. He likely won't be there when the season starts, however, as

Justin Houston's

holdout situation should be resolved. Don't worry about Ford. When you're

already drawing comparisons to a Hall of Famer and an All-Pro

, you're doing something right.