Cody Ford is considered one of the top offensive line prospects in this year’s NFL Draft, and ESPN’s Todd McShay has the Redskins taking the 6-foot-4, 338-pound Oklahoma Sooner in his first mock draft of the year.
Will the Redskins use their first-round selection on Ford, making him the sixth offensive lineman taken in the first round in franchise history, and second in the last five years?
“Washington will be monitoring Alex Smith's recovery. Ford is a nasty mauler who has the versatility to play either right tackle or guard in the NFL.” McShay said.
Ford recently completed his junior season with the Sooners before electing to forgo his final year of eligibility to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.
In three seasons at Oklahoma, Ford appeared in 29 games making 21 starts. After redshirting the 2015 season, Ford made his collegiate debut in 2016 where he started in three games. His season was cut short due to a broken fibula. He then went on to appear in 12 games making four starts in 2017 as a sophomore.
Ford finished his junior season starting all 14 games at tackle, leading a Sooners offensive line that framed the number one offense in college football scoring 48.9 points per game.
Despite being listed at 338 pounds, The Draft Network’s Jon Ledyard recently wrote that Ford has “unbelievable balance and agility in his sets for a man his size.”
“He’s quick out of his stance and fluid to protect against counters. Good luck bull-rushing him. When he reaches his set points properly, it’s over. He does a great job sealing edge defenders up the field on simple hinge blocks. Ridiculously powerful and able to create movement without abandoning technique for the most part.” Lanyard continued. “Exceptional rotational power to displace opponents and open up gaps. Say what you want about Big 12 opposition, but Ford physically dominated matchups on a per-game basis.”