Poona Ford

Texas
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College
Texas
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Class
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Senior
Height
Weight
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5' 11"
303 lbs
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Prospect Grade

5.12
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
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Kaylon "Poona" Ford (his grandmother called him "Pooh" as a child) developed a relationship with former Louisville and Texas head coach Charlie Strong, first agreeing to come to Kentucky to play for Strong, and then changing his commitment to Austin on signing day. Ford was a top 20 defensive tackle recruit from South Carolina that compiled 289 tackles, 72 for loss, and 17 sacks in his last two years of high school. Despite his lack of height, his stout build and great quickness bought him playing time in nine games as a freshman reserve tackle, posting nine tackles, one for loss. Ford started five of 12 games in 2015, recording 39 stops, six for loss, and 2.5 sacks. He garnered honorable mention All-Big 12 honors as a junior, starting all 12 games, posting 54 tackles, 5.5 for loss, and blocked two extra points. Coaches voted Ford first-team all-conference in 2017, as the 13-game starter locked up 34 tackles, eight for losses, with 1.5 sacks. He also blocked a kick despite his stature due to his big push up the middle.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 7-PFA
Overview
Ford played in a slant-heavy, scheme in 2017 that asked him to try and disrupt in the gaps. While Ford flashed the ability to stack blocks and play with some strength at the point of attack, his lack of overall mass could make it tough for teams to see him in anything other than a penetrating, 4-3 scheme. Ford has a shot at making a team, but his lack of physical traits will be a challenge.
Strengths
  • Good thickness and power in his lower body
  • Gets into neutral zone quickly with low pad level and in a leveraged position
  • Able to bend hips and strike with good lift at point of attack
  • Longer arms than expected for his squatty frame
  • Has decent lateral quickness to challenge reach blocks
  • Gives effort to make plays outside of his area
  • Flashes adequate upper body power
  • Gets enough upper body turn to pry into gaps
  • Has some disruptive qualities up the field and has leg drive to play through redirect blocks
Weaknesses
  • Much shorter than teams usually like
  • Uses legs rather than hands and arm extension to try and gain control at the point of attack
  • Needs hands to become more violent and consistent at the point of attack
  • Struggles to pry himself off blocks quickly to make tackles in his gap
  • Gets caught behind size and loses track of the football
  • Pays too much attention to blocker in front of him rather than play development at times
  • If he doesn't win with power as rusher, he won't win

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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