Cody Ford

Oklahoma
G

Prospect Info

College
Oklahoma
Hometown
Class
LA
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
329 lbs
34”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

6.04
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Buffalo
Bills
Round 2 ‧ Pick 6
40 Yard Dash
5.21u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
19
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
28.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
104.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
8.27
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.87
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Ford signed with Oklahoma despite growing up in Louisiana and being courted by SEC schools as a four-star recruit and top 25 guard prospect nationally. He redshirted his first year in Norman, winning the Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year award. He started at left guard for the first three games of 2016 but broke his leg against Ohio State and sat out the rest of the season. He played in 12 games as a sophomore, starting four games at left guard when regular Ben Powers was out. Ford was moved from guard to right tackle for the 2018 season to replace Bobby Evans, who moved to left tackle after the departure of Orlando Brown to the NFL. He lost 15 pounds to become more mobile in the new position, which paid off handsomely in 14 starts, a first-team All-Big 12 nod, and a third-team Associated Press All-American honor.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1
NFL Comparison
Brandon Brooks
Overview
Ford offers a rare combination of physical and athletic traits that will have NFL teams dreaming of his upside. He is raw and relatively inexperienced as a starting tackle with exploitable holes that will need to be patched before he can thrive in the pros. As a tackle, he's a developmental, high-risk/reward talent. The safer (and better?) route might be to play him as a guard where he will face less exposure in pass protection and where his size and athleticism should allow him to become a plus run-blocker fairly quickly.
Strengths
  • Extremely rare combination of size mass and athleticism
  • Broad body carries good weight and thickness from calves to shoulders
  • Top prospect off Joe Moore Award winning offensive line
  • Experience and tools to play tackle or guard
  • Good pop into initial contact
  • Power to bulldoze down blocks and open the gap
  • Plays with plenty of nasty
  • Natural bender
  • Adequate lateral quickness for backside cutoffs
  • Smooth climbs with ability to redirect and land on moving targets
  • Eye-popping downfield speed vs
  • Baylor on screen play
  • Potential to stay mirrored to top athletes with more experience
  • Power and flexibility to continue to improve in recoveries
  • Maintains standard of effort throughout the rep.
Weaknesses
  • Pass sets will need additional work to make it as an NFL tackle
  • Had some troubling reps against Alabama defenders
  • Displayed panicky feet against speed alterations and inside feints
  • Can be more effective with use of length in pass protection
  • Tardy, wide hands give his frame away to opponent's length
  • Needs better core engagement for improved balance
  • Loses focus and gets overextended in run game
  • Could use better patience in second-level approach
  • Surprisingly average balance through contact
  • Can do a better job of adjusting assignments when needed
  • Body control is all over the place

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league