Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that Auburn DE/OLB Dee Ford is visiting the Falcons Tuesday.
- Ford has also met with the Patriots, Saints, Colts, Texans and Buccaneers.
Ford is an explosive athlete who could find himself sneaking into the first round because of his pass-rushing ability.
Atlanta’s first two picks are at No. 6 and No. 37, although GM Les Snead is not afraid to pull the trigger on a draft day trade.
The Falcons are expected to use a 3-4 base defense more often this season, and Ford would likely fit that scheme well as an edge rusher. Atlanta had 32 sacks last season, which put them only ahead of Chicago and Jacksonville.
Last year, Ford totaled 29 tackles, — 14.5 of which were for a loss — 10.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.
We have Ford going No. 27 to the Saints in our most recent 2014 NFL Mock Draft.