Today we will look at another one of the day one NFL draft prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft. The San Francisco 49ers have multiple options that they can consider with the 3oth pick. The Aldon Smith situation could lead to the loss of his services due to a possible league imposed suspension. As a result, the 49ers could end up selecting a pass rusher in the first round. Auburn’s Dee Ford is a guy that could be there for them.
Dee Ford is a terror coming off of the edge. His ability to get a tremendous jump on the ball allows him to be a threat as a pass rusher. One of his best attributes is his acceleration and burst. It is almost like as if he is show out of a cannon when the ball is snapped. He will have an immediate impact on passing downs for whoever takes him.
“I devleloped year by year. I did a lot of study. Put a lot of time into developing as a pass rusher. Speed is my favorite move. That way you can open up and do different things with your counters. Speed to power, once you beat them with speed, you have them off balance the whole game. I feel like I am one of the best pass rushers in this draft. That’s what the NFL needs.”
Speed is Dee Ford’s game. He dominated at the Reese’s Senior Bowl practices and it showed up in the game by way of two sacks. His pass rushing skills are evident for sure, but the one thing that he wanted to show was that he can set the edge against the running game. His high motor will allow him to make plays up and down the line of scrimmage. The NFL is all about tempo. If you watch Dee Ford, you will see that he is someone that sets the tempo from a defensive standpoint. Ford is a very competitive player that will bring it on every play. He is able to set up moves off of his speed as a pass rusher. His thin frame is something that some don’t like but despite that, he is able to consistently beat offensive linemen with a bull rush.
How will he help the 49ers? Dee Ford would help the 49ers especially on passing downs. He would be the ideal situational pass rusher similar to the role that Aldon Smith played in his rookie year. Ford isn’t as strong as Aldon but he is just as fast. His pass rush ability will help get pressure on the quarterback and force some early throws. Ford can set the tone early in a game with a couple of quick sacks because of his get off.
NFL Comparison: Trent Cole. Just like Cole, Ford is primarily a pass rusher. They both can use their compact frames to get around taller offensive linemen who are off balance as they try to get the same pad level. Like Cole, Ford will get sacks in bunches. Both of these players are blue collar, lunch pale kind of guys that give 110% on every play.
6-2 252 pounds
32 7/8 inch arms
10 1/4 inch hands
Pro Day Results
4.54 and 4.59 40 yd dash
4.39 20 yd shuttle
35.5 inch vertical
10-4 broad jump
29 reps bench press
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