In today’s NFL, teams are swarming to get their hands on those tall, lengthy corners with speed and ball skills. Jordan Ford fits that billing and could be a late round sleeper in this year’s NFL Draft. A JUCO product from Monroe College, he then went on to play at Appalachian State for two seasons, although he was hampered by a severe hip injury during his junior year which allowed him to gain a redshirt. Following the 2015 season, he then transferred to Campbell where he would standout.
During his time with the Camels, Ford picked off two passes but more importantly established himself as a lockdown corner as he allowed only 5 catches on 20 targets all season long. For a man his size, his movement skills are quite impressive as he displays fluidity and the ability to mirror his receiver’s every move.
In offseason workouts plus his pro day, Ford has been measured anywhere between 6’0”-6’2”, but his height is noticeable on the field. He’s consistently clocked in the high 4.5s which is a great compliment to his tall stature. He performed in the Washington Regional Combine in late February. During his pro day he conducted workouts in front of a slew of scouts which featured representatives from teams such as the Redskins, Giants, Jets, Falcons and Saints, among others.
Whether he goes drafted or not, Ford’s combination of size, movement skills and ball skills will be enticing to teams and he is sure to land somewhere, and has a good chance at sticking on the roster.
Pro Day Numbers
Weight: 196 lbs
Arm Length: 31.5”
40-Yard Dash: 4.58
Bench Press: 12 reps
Vertical Jump: 32.5”
Broad Jump: 124”
3-Cone Drill: 7.06 seconds
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.30 seconds
60-Yard Shuttle: 11.33 seconds
Q: Injuries somewhat derailed your playing time early on in your college career and during high school. How would you describe the process leading up to getting back to 100%?
A: Well I didn’t really have much injuries in HS. It started coming during the early stages of college, but I just worked hard on getting my body stronger and taking care of my body by getting good hours of sleep, and eating properly.
Q: Making the jump from JUCO to a D-I program, what was the toughest aspect of making the jump up?
A: The biggest adjustment was getting healthy. I came into App state injured with a hip injury that kept me out of spring ball and most of summer. I would also say the speed a little also.
Q: You played against Clemson during your junior year. Is Deshaun Watson the top QB in this draft class?
A: Definitely. Deshaun is the number the #1 QB in my book. He’s a winner and a leader.
Q: NFL teams love tall corners. Do you feel your size hinders your ability to move around and make sudden movements in coverage?
A: Size can hinder a taller corners movement when going up against smaller WRs who are quick and shifty. But you may be able to adjust and make changes.
Q: What would you say is the biggest strength of your overall game?
A: My biggest strength is my length and zone coverage and the way I prepare for each game as far as film study.
Q: What is something you feel you need to work on?
A: There is always room for improvement in every aspect of my game. I’d still like to improve more on my off man technique.
Q: Is there an NFL player who you model your game after?
A: I model my game after Richard Sherman
Q: If given the opportunity to sell yourself to an NFL GM, what would you say about yourself?
A: I come ready to work everyday. I work hard and I am competitive. I will do whatever is ask to do to help the team win.