Trace Ford
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Trace Ford
Oklahoma State
Home town
Edmond, OK
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Trace Ford DE/EDGE Oklahoma State | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Trace Ford DE/EDGE Oklahoma State
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Overall Rank: #504 Position Rank: #86 (DL)
40 time: 4.59 seconds
Height: 6-3 Weight: 240
Overall Rating: 67.8 / 100
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DRAFT PROJECTION: UDFA Position rank: #86
College Games: 26 College Snaps: 927
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (79/100)
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #86 Pos Rank: #66 State Rank: #6
College Combine Results
247 Sports Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars (88.97/100 )
Ovr Rank: #17 Pos Rank: #3
Draft Profile: Bio
Trace Ford from Santa Fe High School was rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Ford joined Oklahoma State.

In 2019 as a freshman Ford saw action in 13 games and played a total of 486 snaps at Edge Rusher for the Cowboys. He recorded 23 tackles, 5 assists, while adding 14 stops. In coverage Ford notched up no pass breakups, one interception, and an outstanding QB rating when targetted of 44.3. As a pass rusher, he added 33 total pressures, which included 28 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and 2 sacks on the season.

As a sophomore for the Cowboys in 2020 Ford played in 10 games and took part in 388 snaps for the Cowboys. He recorded 17 tackles, 2 assists, while adding 18 stops. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 26 total pressures, and 19 QB hurries, 2 QB hits, and a decent 5 sacks during the year.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Has the initial quickness to turn the corner but isn't an elite quick-twitch athlete. Consistently high motor and good long speed to close.
  • Ford has enough speed to chase and run in pursuit. He has the overall athleticism to hold up in space when dropping into coverage.
  • He shows good quickness off the line of scrimmage and flashes the violent hands to win around the edge.
  • He's not an elite pass rusher and projects as a left end in a 4-3 defense. If Ford layers on more muscle, he might fit in the 3-4. Size, strength and versatility should push him into the top 75 picks.
  • He shows good speed and closing burst when blitzing.
  • Ford flashes the ability to shoot gaps as well, and he is a threat to line up inside on passing downs.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • He’s going to struggle at the point of attack. As a pass rusher, Ford lacks the ideal length to ward off blockers and too often allows linemen to get into his chest.
  • While he moves well laterally, he doesn’t always get there in pursuit.
  • Ford lacks ideal length for an edge rusher, and he’d be on the small side for the interior with a little more room on his frame to add weight
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