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Cody Ford - #2 Ranked Interior OL Prospect by CheeseheadTV

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Cody Ford - #2 Ranked Interior OL Prospect by CheeseheadTV

Name: Cody Ford:

School: Oklahoma

Year: rJr

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 329

Arm Length: 34"

Combine: 5.21 40 yard dash, 19 bench reps, 28.5" vertical, 104" broad, 8.27 three-cone, 4.87 short shuttle

In a Nutshell: Ford is one of the nastier and more physical linemen in this draft class. Ford wins with sheer brutality in the run game, bringing an edge and desire to finish his blocks. He has quick feet for such a densely built man and long arms allowing him to have the potential to play outside in the NFL, though he's likely most effective as a guard. Ford wins with aggression but can stand to improve technique regarding his hands, as they have the tendency to get wide. Shows good awareness and body positioning in pass protection. Ford will need work on his traditional pass set, as he wasn't asked to do so often at Oklahoma. Has experience at both guard and tackle, as he moved from right guard to right tackle for 2018, replacing Bobby Evans, who moved to left tackle to replace Orlando Brown Jr. Ford possesses impressive movement skills and has the ability to block successfully at the second level, but needs to improve his composure in that area, as his over-anxiousness can lead to some sloppy hands and body placement. 

Best game: While it may not have been his most impressive game, I thought Ford's game against Alabama in the Orange Bowl was most significant. Ford wasn't tested often n pass protection by his Big 12 opponents, but it was important to see him against a pro-style defensive scheme in Alabama similar to what he'll see in in the NFL. Ford showed he belonged in that CFP game, as he wasn't overmatched against both the length and athleticism of the Crimson Tide pass rushers. Ford took his lumps at times but showed the resiliency to fight back and have a short memory the next play. He also matched the physicality of Alabama's defense, which mitigated some concerns that Ford's competition level might have been suspect. 

Fit with the Packers: Ford started his collegiate career at guard before bumping out to right tackle as a senior, which puts him firmly on Green Bay's radar. Ford would likely begin his career as a guard but could play outside in a pinch or in a scheme that runs more than the average modern-day NFL offense. He would be a tone setter and culture player in Green Bay along the offensive line. While Ford isn't the top tier-athlete you look for in the Packers' new wide zone run game scheme, his physicality can be a trump card and make up for his athletic shortcomings. If put at tackle, Ford will always struggle with elite speed rushers, but Ford's knowledge of set points and body positioning will allow him to play the position in a pinch. 

Editor's Note: This profile was written by Owen Riese as part of the CheeseheadTV Draft Guide. Unfortunately, it was inadvertently omitted from the final version of the guide. For those of you who purchased the Draft Guide, Cody Ford is our #2 ranked Interior Offensive Lineman. For everyone else, here's a free peek at the type of content you would find in the guide if you purchase it.



"Jersey Al" Bracco is the Editor-In-Chief, part owner and wearer of many hats for and He is also a recovering Mason Crosby truther.  

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