DE DEE FORD, AUBURN

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6’2” – 240 lbs. – 4.70e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: 12 – 2.5 – 1.0, 7 QBH, 1 INT
2010: 11 – 2.0 – 2.0, 4 QBH
2011: 7 – 2.0 – 1.0, 4 QBH (Redshirt)
2012: 34 – 6.5 – 6.0, 8 QBH, 1 FF, 1 PD

OVERVIEW:

Emerged as a part of the defensive line rotation during his true freshman season in 2009, a role he reprised as a sophomore in 2010. Sustained a back injury which ended his junior season after three games in 2011, earning a redshirt. Started for most of his return season in 2012, being named a third-team preseason All-SEC selection by conference coaches.

STRENGTHS:

•    Impressive musculature, looks the part of a 3-4 outside linebacker.
•    Has been employed as a rusher out of a two-point stance in college.
•    Very high-motor player who consistently gives his best effort.
•    Gets up to speed quickly, capable of winning the edge with burst.
•    Demonstrates active hand use as both a pass rusher and run defender.
•    Possesses a strong initial punch, can knock defenders off-balance.
•    Mixes in a surprising bull rush to offset his outside speed rush.
•    Can stack and shed blocks; has longer arms than his size would suggest.
•    Capable of redirecting inside after initially rushing to the edge.
•    Has experience making spot-drops in coverage, looks comfortable.
•    Gained twenty-six pounds after beginning as a 214-pound freshman.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Will need to gain plenty of weight at the next level regardless of scheme.
•    Consistently a little bit slow to react to the ball being snapped.
•    Sometimes tries to jump the snap count and ends up offsides.
•    Has a tendency to rush outside, rather than mixing inside moves in.
•    Needs to improve his awareness versus the run, struggles to locate.
•    Sustained a season-ending back injury in 2011, knee injury in 2013.

SUMMARY:

Ford is certainly not among the biggest pass rushers in the draft, but his motor and athletic ability make him a logical candidate to convert to outside linebacker in a 3-4. He plays with significantly more power than usual for a player with his measurements, but will need to improve his run defense and response time to the ball being snapped. Has considerable potential. RD 3-4

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