The former Chief thrives in a 3-4 role as a pass rusher and will get that chance with the 49ers.
If the Arizona Cardinals, who own the No. 1 pick in the draft, select Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa, that leaves the Niners with two logical options - to try to trade down in the draft, or to draft Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams or Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen.
San Francisco also holds the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, which could still allow them to find a pass-rushing tag-team partner for Ford. The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Ford last week with the hope of trading him.
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Kansas City has hired Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator and is changing its base defensive system from a 3-4 to a 4-3, which would have necessitated a position change for Ford and Justin Houston, who was released by Kansas City. His breakout campaign came one year after an injury-riddled 2017 and two years after a breakout campaign in which he registered 10 sacks and 17 quarterback hurries. If the 49ers hold true to their patterns with big deals, it's likely the guaranteed money comes in the first three years of the contract, though the details of the agreement haven't come out yet.
There's been some talk about Ford's fit in San Francisco's scheme.
Landing a star player like Ford is going to make a huge difference for a team like San Francisco on the defensive side of the football, and while Los Angeles will continue to be the early favorites in the division, it's trades like this that show they need to be extra cautious. He played in a 4-3 during his college career at Auburn. The key will be allowing him to pin his ears back and use his speed off the edge, complementing Buckner and the team's incoming draft pick on the other side.