Across the country, NFL beat writers are hoping the team they cover picks not only an interesting player in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but a very quotable one. If they ask a few college football reporters about who they should look for, they will probably find more than one person say Dee Ford.
College Football 24/7 caught up with very entertaining and highly regarded Auburn Tiger to ask him about everything from private workouts to fashion choices.
What's this whole draft process been like for you?Dee Ford: It's been great, man. For the most part I'm holding it down. It's been a great experience.
What teams have you scheduled or visited for private workouts?DF: I have the Colts scheduled. I have Tampa Bay scheduled. I've already had a private workout with the Patriots. Other than that, I have a lot of teams interested. I think the Senior Bowl gave teams all they needed to see. The next step will be these private workouts once these pro days start to narrow down.
What do you tell teams is your biggest strength as a player?DF: I bring a consistent level of production. I think all of us show flashes of being productive players, but I provide consistency and intangibles for their teams.
Some teams are looking at you as an outside linebacker. What do you tell them about dropping into coverage?DF: I'm an athlete. Anything I can work out to improve, I can do. I'm proving that in these private workouts. Working in space is not foreign to me.
Is there somebody looking forward to playing against in the NFL?DF: I would love to play Peyton Manning before he hangs it up. He's the best, and you're only going to see him for a few more years. It would be a great thing to play one of the best quarterbacks to ever do it.
If you end up getting invited to the draft in New York City, will you accept?DF: I would definitely be in New York. I'm very big on my suit, so I'm getting ideas. I'm very strategic with this process. The suit has to be right.
You came so close to winning a national title. Do you still think about the game and how close you were?DF: I honestly don't think about it. I don't want to put it on my mind because we were so close. It hurt at the time. I don't want to forget about it because it was a great stage to play on. I don't think about "what if," though. I'm just grateful that I was able to play on that stage. There won't be another stage bigger than that except for the Super Bowl.
How much have you talked with former Auburn players in the NFL?DF: I've met a lot of guys, and they all tell me the same thing: This is a long process, and you have to be consistent. That's it -- you have to be consistent. Other than that, do what you do. This game is not as hard as you make it. Play hard and work.
Do you get a sense of where you'll go to in the first round?DF: I hear a lot of talk about Philadelphia and New Orleans. I'm hearing more of the 20 to 30 range. It doesn't matter to me. All I need is the opportunity.
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