Jacoby Ford: 5'9" 181 lbs.
Second to Fourth Round Pick
Pros: Many scouts like Ford more as an NFL receiver than as a college receiver. He has a great chance of becoming a situational deep threat and he is already known as a great receiver.
Everyone knows about Ford’s speed but not many people know about his other abilities. He sees the ball in with his hands, is not afraid to block, and is improving as a route runner. Ford also has a great, sometimes cocky, attitude.
Cons: Ford’s size will hurt him greatly—5’9”, 180 lbs. He is built more like a running back than a receiver, but despite his amazing sprinter speed, only has average lateral speed. Ford will not get a lot of yards after contact either. He is often thought of as a sprinter before a football player, which many general managers do not want.
Our Take: Ford has already guaranteed a 40 time in the 4.2s. If he can run this fast, and potentially break Chris Johnson’s record of 4.24, he could see his draft stock soar—look what Heyward-Bey did last year.
Not saying that Ford will go in the top 10, but he could move into the second round if he, indeed, does run this fast. Regardless, Ford should see immediate playing time on special teams and situational downs.