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February 27, 2014

Combine profile: Auburn DE Dee Ford

Name: Dee Ford

Position: Defensive end

Height/weight: 6-2/252

School/Class: Auburn/Senior

Projected round: 1st

Career highlights: Sacked Jameis Winston twice in the BCS title game, which Auburn lost in the closing seconds. A first-team All-SEC defender, Ford wowed at the Senior Bowl.

Did you know?: A day after Ford ripped Jadeveon Clowney (see below), he was medically scratched from the combine due to a 2011 surgery on his lower back.

Quotes: "I'm better. Let's put it like this. People like to talk about size all the time. Size is pretty much overrated in my eyes," Ford said. "You can look at guys like Robert Mathis, Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller. These are 6-2 guys and under. People are just looking at the fact that he's a physical specimen. Honestly if you watch the film, he plays like a blind dog in a meat market basically.

"I play with a lot of technique. I watch a lot of film. These are the things I do and it shows up."

Panthers’ level of interest: In the event he falls to 28th, and in the event the Panthers do not retain Greg Hardy, and in the event they decide against picking a tackle in the first round, Ford would need to put on about 25 pounds before he’s considered a legitimate NFL defensive end. His acceleration vaults him to the top of the draft board, but he would struggle going against a 6-foot-5, 320-pound tackle at the pro level with his current frame. 

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on February 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM | Permalink

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