Draft Profile: BioJustin Ford attended Cox Mill High School and was Following high school, Ford opted to join Montana.
In 2020 as a freshman Ford saw action in just 2 games and played a total of 50 snaps at cornerback for the Grizzlies. He recorded only 9 tackles, no assists, while adding 6 stops. In coverage Ford notched up one pass breakup, no interceptions, and a QB rating when targetted of 60.9.
As a sophomore in 2021 he played in 13 games and logged 748 snaps for the Grizzlies. He made 36 tackles, 3 assists, and had 13 stops. In coverage he totaled 7 pass breakups, an impressive 9 interceptions, and an outstanding QB rating when targetted of 33.8.
In 2022 as a junior Ford played in 13 games and contributed on 704 snaps. He chalked up 27 tackles, 7 assists, and added 11 stops. In the secondary Ford forced 5 pass breakups, 2 interceptions, and gave up QB rating when targetted of 57.9.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Plays with the natural balance and ultra-quick feet to mirror underneath, and he’s tremendous at reading routes and reading quarterbacks.
- Shows good instincts when facing the action in zone coverage, and Ford has solid ball skills.
- Alert defender for zone coverage, showing good understanding of route progressions occurring behind him and a quick burst downhill to break on underneath passes in front of him.
- Extremely aggressive to come up and put his body in traffic to make tackles.
- Trusts his eyes with very good awareness. Has very good reaction skills to break quickly on the ball.
- Aware in the red zone, stays on the back line to take away fade throws. Capable of making quarterbacks pay for late throws.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Fails to maintain inside technique in man coverage. Not a press corner.
- Needs work on backpedaling to prevent defenders from getting behind him.
- NFL teams are going to test him deep early on, and he’ll also be prone to flags since he’s grabby downfield.
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