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Ford could be pass-rusher Eagles need

Auburn defensive end Dee Ford recorded 10.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss last season.

In the Senior Bowl, Ford added two sacks.

Impressive indeed.

The Philadelphia Eagles have a major need for a pass-rushing defensive end, so Ford could be an ideal fit.

Ford seems to think so.

“I hear a lot of talk about Philadelphia and New Orleans," Ford told the NFL Network. “I'm hearing more of the 20- to 30-range [in the first round]. It doesn't matter to me. All I need is the opportunity."

The Eagles hold the No. 22 overall pick and Saints have the No. 27 selection.

At Auburn's pro day, Ford reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds. With that type of speed, he could be utilized as an outside linebacker.

Regardless, Ford simply wants to play at the next level.

“I bring a consistent level of production,” Ford told the NFL Network. “I think all of us show flashes of being productive players, but I provide consistency and intangibles for their teams.”

Ford wasn’t scheduled to work out at the NFL combine due to a back procedure in 2011. But his performance at Auburn’s pro day was more than enough to catch teams’ attention.

“They said they looked at some MRIs, and they just saw some things that they didn’t want to chance at the combine,” Ford told ESPN.com. “I was definitely surprised. I had no clue that I wouldn’t be able to [work out]. It kind of knocked my training off a little bit because everything is timed when you’re training.”