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positive
03-20-2012, 12:44 PM
Tony, or esteemed member of this site;

wondering what your thoughts are on Chase Ford. Tall tight end from Miami with good hands and body control. Can play on the line or move outside and create a mismatch. Has potential at later rounds of draft. Has the body to create a natural mismatch against most defenders in the passing game. Looks a bit timid going into contact, acts as if his shin hurts after every tackle. I think an NFL training program can add bulk and can loosen his hips a bit--get him to break a bit faster. Highlight reel from his junior college days.
http://canesinsight.com/showthread.php?199-Chase-Ford-s-highlight-film&

This from Nationalfootballpost.com
"He isn't a real explosive athlete and lacks much of a burst off the line. Has a tough time really coiling up into his stance, keeping his base down and tends to roll off the snap. However, he builds speed down the field, showcases good ball skills, coordination, and does a nice job playing with a defender on his hip. Isn't real sudden though out of his breaks. Has some savvy when asked to set up defenders in tight areas and uses his body well to shield and pluck off his frame. Isn't a guy who is going to be real explosive in a phone booth and separating initially as he tends to drift into his breaks.

Now, he's not to be confused in any way with former Miami standout Jimmy Graham. However at 6-6, 258 pounds you could do a lot worse with a developmental tight end prospect in the back end of the draft. He's got a good feel finding soft spots in coverage, can adjust to the football, can pluck off his frame and make some difficult grabs with defenders around him. However, he also has a tendency to put some easy throws on the ground.

Impression: Had a good showing at this year's East-West Shine game and for a guy at his size with his body control looks like a option you can draft late and try to mature into an every down type option. Has the frame to add weight and get much bigger."

Thanks.

SenorGato
03-20-2012, 12:56 PM
A solid late round/UDFA TE option...there's a few of them in this draft like the two MSU TEs, Kroger, Ellison from USC, and probably others I'm not thinking of. Actually one of the more interesting ones too in the bunch because Miami still puts our solid but raw talent and he's an effort guy.

Tony_TFY
03-20-2012, 02:18 PM
UDFA...

Chase Ford

Junior college transfer who started six games as a senior, posting 9/88/1 after posting junior totals of 7/96/1.

Nice-sized tight end with a well-rounded game. Displays good quickness and concentration and gives effort in all areas. Uses his frame to shield away opponents and protect the pass, works back to the quarterback and finds the clearing in the defense. Stays square as a blocker, sets with a wide base and stays with the action. Extends to make the reception away from his frame.

Possesses a long, thin build and has marginal blocking strength. Not a downfield threat. Improved as a receiver in 2011 but still has a lot of room for improvement.

Ford is a serviceable prospect with a body that should add bulk, strength and improve over the course of time. He's worth stashing on a practice squad with the hope that he'll eventually develop into a third tight end at the next level.

positive
03-20-2012, 02:51 PM
Tony, thanks for the response.


UDFA...

Chase Ford

Junior college transfer who started six games as a senior, posting 9/88/1 after posting junior totals of 7/96/1.

Ford is a serviceable prospect with a body that should add bulk, strength and improve over the course of time. He's worth stashing on a practice squad with the hope that he'll eventually develop into a third tight end at the next level.

If he adds bulk and becomes a better blocker, I think he can be a featured starting TE. Depending on his mental acumen and will, it could take less than one year. All the football instincts are there, at least in the passing game, imo.