After coming out of nowhere for a spectacular Senior season, and blowing up the Senior Bowl all week, Dee Ford might have snuck into the 1st round with a dominant performance. His pro day performance was just as impressive, running a 4.55 40 yard dash, and he shows that kind of speed and quickness when you watch him. So after he was nearly unblock-able at the Senior bowl, no matter who he faced, I wanted to go back and watch him, to see just how good he was.
Where He Wins
- Speed, Speed, Speed
- Keeping Himself Clean
- Counter Moves
Another reason Ford is so dangerous as a pass rusher, is he uses his long arms to his advantage. He's can convert speed to power, but can also be and "length & strength" type pass rusher. In the below GIF, he walks back next years top 5 OT, in Cedric Ogbuehi.
It's not like it was just 1 play, either. Ford showed some serious power in his hands.
Ford does a good job of using his hands to keep himself clean. He's constantly "hand fighting" at the line of scrimmage. When opponents do engage, his hand usage really stands out. He really has an aresnal of moves. For a college pass rusher, he's very advanced. He has a "dip & rip" move that he's mastered.
Playing with leverage is so important as a pass rusher. The dip move Ford uses really helps him versus offensive tackles.
Ford's natural instincts show as well. When he knows he's not going to get home for a sack, he does a good job of getting his hands up to bat the ball down.
Ford also shows a good motor, as he is relentlessly trying to get home and sack the quarterback. You'll see him chasing down plays to the opposite side. Ford is a good athlete that has no issues changing direction. Though a limited sample size, Ford showed he was comfortable in dropping back in coverage. He also rushed from a 2 point stance a number of times.
Where He Can Improve
- Run Fits/Defense
- Strength at the POA
|Multiple Pro Bowl Player, Top 10||8.5 – 9.0|
|Highly Productive Starter, 1st Round||8.0 – 8.4|
|Very Good Starter, Early 2nd Round||7.8 – 7.9|
|Reliable Starter, 2nd Round||7.5 – 7.7|
|Potential Starter in Year 2, 3rd Round||7.0 – 7.4|
|Backup/Spot Starter, 4th Round||6.5 – 6.9|
|Productive Backup, 5th Round||6.0 – 6.4|
|Very Good Backup/STs, 6th Round||5.5 – 5.9|
|Quality Backup/Good STs, 7th Round||5.0 – 5.4|
|Backup/STs/Project Player, 7th Round||4.5 – 4.9|
|Priority Free Agent w/ Limitations||4.0 – 4.4|
|Vs. The Run||4||3.3|
|Pass Rush Ability||4||3.9|
|Read & React||3||2.7|
|Pass Rush Moves||2||1.9|
|Stack & Shed/Strength at POA||2||1.4|