Draft Profile: BioTrace 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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