Auburn’s Dee Ford has been trending around draft communities ever since he shined on the big stage throughout Senior Bowl week. For over a month now, this explosive pass-rusher has been climbing up draft boards left and right, pushing his stock continuously higher into the first round.
Ford is now considered a near lock to go on day one as he continues to catch the eye of draft enthusiast and experts alike.
Most recently, Ford received a ringing endorsement from former NFL receiver and NFL Network analyst Curtis Conway who believes that Ford would be a perfect fit in Cincinnati with the 24th pick in the first round, which he talks about on the network’s show “Path to the Draft.”
With the departure of veteran defensive end Michael Johnson via free agency, Ford could make a lot of sense here for the Bengals.
After all, Ford can go from being an Auburn Tiger to a Cincinnati Bengal—apparently not all transitions are brutally painful.
One of Ford’s biggest concerns at the next level will be his height (6’2”) and weight (252 lbs). Teams are worried whether or not he has the size to be an every-down lineman with his hand in the dirt.
Curtis Conway is not a member of the group who believes his size should be a concern.
For me personally, he should have a productive role as an NFL player but to disregard his size entirely would be a mistake, especially given the style in which Ford plays the game. Ford is an explosive player who relies on speed and effort to disrupt his opponents. Though the traits just mentioned are undoubtedly positive ones, he will need much more than that to dominate against NFL lineman.