Dolphins coaches considered Ford to be the steal of the draft last season before missing all of his rookie year due to a meniscus injury during the preseason. Coming off that injury with a point to prove, Ford started off camp with a bang. Following through to the Dolphins’ first preseason game, Ford hauled in a TD versus the Buccaneers.
Ford was drafted out of Virginia Tech where he had 3 strong seasons before entering the NFL draft. The former high school basketball star was graded as a chance to become an NFL starter, by NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein. The 2nd Team All-ACC was projected to be a day 2 selection, before going late on day 3 to Miami. A full breakdown of his college production can be seen below:
Many Dolphins fans are calling for Ford to get a chance with the first team offense and he certainly has many exciting traits. The 6’1” 195-pound Receiver has speed for days and combined with great leaping ability, is a force for any DB to handle.
Despite being an impressive athlete, he lacks a bit of the refinery and natural instincts for the position. He doesn’t have vacuum hands, elite routes, or an ability to adjust to throws. However, with such rave reviews and a lack of established top-end talent ahead of him on the depth chart, I believe he’s worth a stash.
I did a new startup draft recently and added Ford in the 29th round. At that price, he’s as close to free as it gets. With an opportunity to become a WR2 on the team, that is a price I’m more than happy to pay.