Scouting Report: Dee Ford

Thomas Frank Carr

ESPN Radio 1450 Draft Analyst

 Dee Ford

DE r-Sr. Auburn



Height: 6’2”                            Weight: 252                  Arm length: 33”                                40 yard Dash: DNP

Broad Jump: DNP                  Bench: DNP                 Vertical jump: DNP                       20 yard Shuttle: DNP

 


Strengths

·         Explosive speed off the edge

·         Great short area speed and acceleration

·         Plays with great energy

·         Powerful bull rusher

·         Can bend the corner with the best of them

·         Good lower body strength

·         Good hand fighter

·         Decent at Point of Attack

·         High effort and intensity player

 

 

Weaknesses

·         Strong but not elite strength at PoA

·         Undersized for defensive end at next level. Could play on the right

·         Won’t be a strong side run defender

·         Can improve block shedding

·         Doesn’t have a lot of creativity as a pass rusher

·         One dimensional pass rusher who needs the outside

·         Injury concerns throughout career

·         Doesn’t look good in space

·         More of a straight line athlete

Analysis:

Known for his heart and work ethic, Dee Ford is yet another tweener who will have to find a home at the next level. He dominated at the Sr. Bowl and showed explosion, power and speed coming off the edge. He’s got very good bend the corner ability and will at the very least be a situational pass rusher to start. He’s not great in space and he’s probably more of a rush linebacker than anything. He needs to improve his technique and effort at the point of attack. He can get pushed around by bigger defenders and needs to work on setting the edge of the defense. How much he can do at the next level determines how far he can go. He has the raw skills but he needs to learn to be a better pass rusher. Project pick for the 2nd or 3rd round.