2014 NFL Draft: Prospect Profile -- Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn

Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

The explosive Dee Ford dominated the Senior Bowl. Is it possible for him to dominate the NFL as a member of the New York Giants?

The most explosive pass rusher from the 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl was certainly Dee Ford of Auburn. He's a dynamic, aggressive weapon. He's also mostly thought of as a 3-4 OLB. Can the 6-foot-2, 240 pound speed rusher make the switch to a 4-3 DE or as a 4-3 SAM? Let's take a look and see.


- Extreme first step off the line. Explosion all the way through is pretty much his calling card.

- Strong upper body and very active hands.

- Dip and bend is one of the best in this draft class.

- Relentless motor that's great in taking guys down in backside pursuit.


- Doesn't set the edge very well.

- Is a speed rusher for the most part, and I don't see the same speed-to-power conversion that I do with Ealy or Clowney.

- Run defense leaves a bit to be desired.

- Instincts are questionable, and I've seen him get faked out a few times.

Does He Fit With The Giants?

No. I don't think he can line up as a defensive end. He's too light and doesn't play as powerfully as one would hope. The Giants like their defensive ends to be at least 255-260 pounds and Ford isn't close to that. He has little to no experience playing in space and while he's a destructive rusher, I think he's one of the few players that has a tried and true sole position: 3-4 OLB.

Prospect Video

Dee Ford vs FSU BCS Championship 2014 (via JPDraftJedi)

Big Board Rankings

Big Blue View - Not in top 50

Mocking The Draft - 61

CBS Sports - 21

Draft Countdown - 72

Draft Tek - 54

Final Thoughts

Despite his extraordinary Senior Bowl, I do not believe Dee Ford is a first-round caliber player. I think he's limited by scheme and by skill set as a pass rusher only. He makes several splash plays against the run, absolutely, but he does not set the edge on a consistent basis the same way a Clay Matthews or Brian Orakpo would.

For me, he's solidly in the second round, perhaps even early second round selection. He's a gifted player and his athleticism warrants strong upside to be a great pass rusher. If I am the Giants, however, I pass simply because we wouldn't know where to play him.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Big Blue View

You must be a member of Big Blue View to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Big Blue View. You should read them.

Join Big Blue View

You must be a member of Big Blue View to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Big Blue View. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.