The following is a 2018 Cody Ford NFL Draft Profile highlighting everything that you need to know about the Oklahoma offensive tackle. Listed below is his scouting report highlighting strengths and weaknesses while looking at his NFL comparison and his projection. Here at NFL Draft Geek we also like to provide all of our play cut ups, video breakdowns and any other important articles that will give our full view of who we think he is as a prospect.
Cody Ford NFL Draft Profile
Height: 6’4 Weight: 338 School: Oklahoma
- Massive dude, 6’4 340 lbs. Will have 50 lbs on most NFL defensive ends.
- Very quick for a man of his size. Not the lumbering athlete you would expect at that weight whatsoever.
- Very powerful. Can dominate his man one vs one and drive them back as a run blocker.
- Extends arms well to keep DE out of his chest, making it hard for them to get off blocks.
- Light bouncy feet. Can mirror his man fairly well for a right tackle in pass protection.
- Seems aware of blitz and stunts and will pick up the right man.
- Strong base in pass protection. Definitely not a guy who can be run over.
- Uses hands fairly well. Clamps on to the defender and doesn’t let him off the block.
- Gets to the second level well and find a linebacker to block in space.
- Looks for work. Has that nasty presence and finds somebody to hit.
- Has versatility. Played both guard and tackle in college.
- Lacks a little in length. Taller defenders can use long arms to prevent him from getting a hand on them.
- Plays high. Will lose leverage fairly regularly.
- Not an elite pass blocker. Will struggle with speed rushers in the NFL.
Ford is a monster. So powerful, he will just move defensive ends out of the way in the running game. Locks on and drives his feet. Quick and fairly fluid. Can work on pulls and getting up to the second level pretty well. Has player tackle and guard and I think he can be great at both in the NFL. Good in pass protection. Not going to run through him and it isn’t easy to run around him. Even when he loses leverage, he’s just too strong for most defensive linemen to handle. Light quick feet. Don’t think he’ll be a left tackle because he isn’t an elite pass blocker, but a great right tackle.
Potential Red Flags
Has a little bit of an injury history. Missed most of the 2016 season with a broken tibia. Missed a pair of games in the 2017 season with an undisclosed injury.
Ford will be a pro bowl right tackle. He can be one of the best run blockers in the NFL and a very capable pass blocker as well. Don’t be shocked to see him drafted in the first round, but because he isn’t a left tackle he might slide to the early second round. Plug and play impact player.
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— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) December 12, 2018