GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers entered the draft with just five defensive linemen. Now they have seven.
After using a first-round pick on Devonte Wyatt of Georgia, the Packers used the second of their seventh-round picks on Jonathan Ford of Miami. If Ford was a vehicle, it would be an F-150, not an Escort. He is 6-foot-5 and 333 pounds.
Ford was a three-year starter. All three career sacks arrived in 2019.
Measurable: 6-5 1/8, 333. 32 3/4 arms. 5.47 40, 5.00 shuttle, 24 bench.
Analytical statistics: Ford has played 50 games with 30 starts in five seasons. Returning for the COVID bonus year, Ford played in 10 games (eight starts) and had a tackle for loss among his 14 saves. According to Pro Football Focus, Ford had 15 total pressures in 2019 and nine combined over the past two seasons. According to PFF, 140 inside defensive linemen have played at least all 151 of Ford’s defensive snaps. Ford ranked 83rd in PFF race stoppage percentage. This metric measures impact tackles and reflects Green Bay’s win/loss system in which a first and 10 tackle for 3 yards is a win and a first and 10 tackle for 4 yards is a loss.
Personal touch: Ford weighed 275 pounds when he was drafted, but he gained weight during his five years. He added 5 pounds more on pro day to move to 338. “Teams love my height, teams love the way I move,” Ford said on pro day. “A lot of teams tell me my power and it’s all there. One thing I love about me is also my movement and stuff, just the fact that I’m nimble as a big guy.
Ford’s selection by the Packers potentially avoided a shutout for the Hurricanes. Miami hadn’t been cleared in the draft since 1974. “I’m just proud to have been through this whole process, this journey,” Ford said on the pro day. “As a kid growing up, a lot of people don’t have that fair chance to be able to go to the combine and come to pro day and show off your talent with your brothers for the last time.”
Ford was benched during the 2020 season, but responded exactly as defensive coordinator Blake Baker hoped. “Outstanding game,” Baker said after a game against Virginia Tech. “Best game of the season, maybe his best game [overall]. …Low pad level, got off the ball, was productive. He is a senior who, a week earlier, had had his job withdrawn. I always say, ‘You have two choices when that happens: you can mope and feel sorry for yourself or you can keep rolling up your sleeves and going to work,’ and that’s what Jon did.”
NFL Draft Bible scouting report: Big defensive tackle who times the snap very well, allowing him to be quick on the ball. Ford generates recoil on impact when able to maintain momentum. His absorption ability is excellent as he is barely impacted by striking blockers while attacking gaps. This functional strength allows him to lock and press blockers out of his frame despite losing on initial contact. After stacking, Ford has heavy hands to enforce his will and throw the blockers. He plays the whistle, jostling on the sideline.
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