6’2” – 240 lbs. – 4.70e
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
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.
• 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.
• 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.
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