252 lbs. School:
Ted Hendricks Award Semi-finalist - nation’s best defensive end (2013)
Honorable mention All-American (2013)
First-team All-SEC (2013)
Had three multiple sack games in 2013, one in 2012
2013 stats: 29 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 14.5 TFL and 17 QB Hurries (in only 12 games)
Senior Bowl Notes
Ford accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl in Mobile.
The former Auburn star won the weigh-in, won one-on-ones and won the day. Without a question, he was the most dominant hand-in-the-dirt player on the South squad. He won with speed off the edge and showed a balance of power and speed throughout the day from individual all the way through team drills. His next charge will be to show a few of his pass rush acumen when the initial rush is stopped. He can do it, but he now has to show it.
Ford's lack of size has shown up as he's had some issues during the team portion with setting the edge and holding his ground, but he hasn't been passive. Ford looks like a DE who needs more work learning to keep linemen off of him and to disengage more quickly vs. the run.
Ford's ability to get off the snap quickly and bend the corner with a tight line to the QB is obviously with most of his one on one snaps. He should be this year's Bruce Irvin on the draft boards.
The former Auburn star reeled in MVP honors after his two sack, one PBU performance.
**Ford was pulled from Sunday's Combine workout due to a medical precaution as it pertained to a 2011 herniated disk issue.
Arm length - 32 7/8"
Hand size - 10 1/4"
Ford had a slow start to his season, missing the first two games of the year with a knee injury. However, like his team did in College Station, Ford kick started his season during the Texas A&M game when he faced top tackles Jake Matthews and Cedric Ogbuehi.
He displayed a mix of power, quickness, toughness and play making skills against the Aggie duo. In the National Championship game, he showed his quickness and burst on a couple of inside moves and, generally, created mayhem for FSU’s solid tackles. I think his size may keep him from being completely 4-3/3-4 scheme versatile, but he can wreck shop in a hurry.
Trust me when I say he'll be a hot name after this week in the Senior Bowl, the Combine (he'll test off the charts, just by walking in his underwear - thighs for days) and Auburn's pro day.