If there’s one thing you now can definitively say about Jacoby Ford now, it’s that he’s fast.
Ford posted a 4.28-second 40-yard dash speed, the second fastest since 2000 and the fastest by a wide receiver since Jerome Mathis in 2005.
Ford now has everyone’s attention moving forward as he also excelled in the pass-catching drills, meaning not only is he fast, he can actually catch the ball.
Ford now will be closely looked at by several teams, but the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders will be taking extra note of his explosiveness and ability to catch the ball.
The Browns have been plagued by drops the past two seasons as Braylon Edwards, now with the New York Jets, put on a clinic on how to not play the wide receiver position.
Raider’s owner Al Davis always has been enamored with speedy wide receivers and most likely will take Ford’s 40 time back to his stasis chamber tonight and think on it while he gets a fresh transfusion of embalming fluids.
With Brandon Marshall probably gone, the Denver Broncos also will be at the top of the list of teams in need of wide receivers along with the Baltimore Ravens, who were thin last year and won’t be any better this year unless they make some moves.
With Dez Bryant now injured and unable to participate in the rest of the Combine, expect Ford’s stock to shoot up, possibly at the expense of Bryant.
NFL.com analysts were comparing Ford to Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson and noting he caught balls away from his body and appeared “very smooth” in all the drills.
While a first round wide receiver typically doesn’t win teams Super Bowls, they can be the last piece of the puzzle to get a team into the playoffs.
This conceivably could catapult Ford into a low first round pick if Bryant’s hamstring isn’t healthy enough in time for the pro workouts and Ford continues to impress in his.