Auburn has a history of having NFL caliber pass rushers in their front seven, although they don’t always see the results at the next level.
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford is giving a boost to the Auburn reputation as he’s amassed 5.5 sacks over his last two games, including two Sunday against Jacksonville, to vault him atop the NFL leaderboards with nine on the season.
Ford is tied with the Bills’ Lorenzo Alexander for the NFL lead, and valued over former Texas A&M star Von Miller, who currently sits in third with 8.5.
Ford was taken 23rd overall in the 2014 NFL draft, but had just 5.5 combined sacks through 30 games played in his first two seasons. Ford is one of four Auburn defensive linemen taken in the first four rounds of the draft since 2013.
Currently, the Tigers boas the SEC’s fourth-best pass rush with 21 sacks, trailing Alabama, Texas A&M and Florida. Carl Lawson projects as a first-round pick, which would extend the streak to four straight years with an Auburn defensive lineman taken in the first four round. Lawson is currently 10th in the FBS in sacks with 8.5, trailing only Tennessee’s Derek Barnett in the SEC.