After all, the former Auburn defensive end made the prediction long ago. He just didn't know his first round destination in the NFL Draft would be Kansas City."I'm definitely surprised it's Kansas City, but I'm not surprised (I went in) the first round," Ford said on a teleconference late Thursday night. "I'm very erratic right now and definitely honored."The Chiefs picked Ford with the 23rd overall selection in the NFL Draft, even as the Atlanta Falcons reportedly attempted to trade up and possibly snag the SEC's sacks leader.Ford heads to the NFL with his future as either a defensive end or outside linebacker, though the SEC's co leader in sacks last season doesn't seem to care where he lines up on the next level. The Chiefs will place him at outside linebacker to start his buy replica oakleys professional career, but will also bend down at the line of scrimmage."We are putting the hand in the ground," Ford said. "They're going to give me that freedom. I think they see what I can do and they see what I can evolve to be. They see my potential and I really like that.Ford celebrated with friends, family and guests at a nightclub in Anniston. The party and revival like atmosphere included Ford's family singing a pair of gospel songs as the NFL teams peeled through their picks from Nos. 11 to 18 the cusp of Ford's projected landing spot in the draft.The 6 foot 5, 252 pound Ford disappeared into a back room to watch the draft after the performance, but reemerged less 36 minutes later to take the stage with his family and share a phone call with the Chiefs' coaching staff and CEO Clark Hunt.Ford co led the SEC with 10 1/2 sacks while rushing left tackles in helping the Tigers land in the BCS National Championship last season.Ford joins a speedy linebacker group in the Chiefs' 3 4 defense, led by outside linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali."That man on the other side, we're going to do some work," Ford said. "We're going to do some work."Doctors scratched Ford from participating in workouts at the NFL Combine due to an issue stemming from back surgery in 2011. The issue was not serious, according to sources.He also battled a knee injury throughout the 2013 season and played in 11 games, but finished the season in a flurry. He sacked Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston twice in the Tigers' 34 31 loss in the BCS National Championship."He's healthy now," Kansas City coach Andy Replica Handbags Reid told reporters Thursday night. "He played his best football in the (BCS) championship game. He was tremendous. And at the Senior Bowl, he was the healthiest he's ever been.""Most teams saw the Senior Bowl," Ford said. "That's all they needed."Ford had game sealing hits against Texas A quarterback Johnny Manziel and Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray in comeback victories, and helped bring along young backups such as Carl Lawson and Elijah Daniel as the Tigers' defensive line rotated often late in games to wear down opponents."He played a major role in our success and that was with a 75 percent healthy Dee Ford," said Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner, who has placed six players in the first round of the NFL Draft. "I felt like if he had been 100 percent he probably would have ended up with five more sacks."