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Jason Ford

Jason Ford - #21 - RB-FB

Height: 5-10 3/8
Weight: 238
Speed: 4.69
Arm: 29 1/8
Hand: 9 3/4
Wingspan: 72 1/8
Birthdate: 12/01/1989
Hometown: Belleville, IL
Grade: 4.70

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/06/2012 Illinois Pro Day 5-10 3/8 251 9 5/8 29 1/8 71 5/8 4.69 21 9'6" 34 4.44 12.25 7.41
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 5-10 3/8 238 9 3/4 29 1/8 72 1/8 4.65

 

Notes:

Rushed for a St. Louis-area metro record of 6,415 yards and 75 touchdowns as an Illinois prep. Played in all 12 games as a true freshman in 2008, making five starts, and rushed 81 times for 294 yards (3.6-yard average) and eight touchdowns while catching nine passes for 79 yards (8.8-yard average) and zero scores. Registered 97-588-4 (6.1) rushing and 11-128-0 (11.6) receiving in 12 games (four starts) in ’09. Left two games early with injuries — Missouri (ankle) and Cincinnati (elbow). Saw action in 12 games, making four starts when the Illini started two RBs, and posted 99-480-7 (4.8) on the ground and 7-52-0 (7.4) through the air in ’10. Threw a four-yard TD pass against Penn State and missed the Purdue game with an ankle injury. Was arrested in April ’11 on suspicion of driving with a suspended license. Was limited in spring practice with a bruised knee. Started 8-of-12 games in ’11, carrying 155-600-7 (3.9) and catching 19-130-0 (6.8). Was academically ineligible for bowl game against UCLA. Fumbled 11 times in 478 career touches and gained 4.5 yards per touch. 

Positives:

Thick, muscular build and a sturdy trunk (squats 600 pounds). Good feet and balance. Runs hard. Powers through arm tackles. Functional short receiver. Flashes potential as a blocker.

Negatives:

Has very short arms. Does not always play to his size. Weight has fluctuated. Tight hips (veers more than he cuts). Average instincts. Dull burst. Carries the ball loosely and ball security has been an issue (five fumbles in 2011). Needs to improve his route running. Inconsistent eyes and awareness in pass protection. Could require patience grasping a complex playbook.

Summary:

Bulky college running back with a bowling ball build and tweener traits who waited his turn behind Lions 2011 second-rounder Mikel Leshoure. Could warrant consideration as a developmental fullback prospect.


Jason Ford's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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