Defensive end Dee Ford impressed NFL scouts at Auburn’s Pro Day on Tuesday, and all he had to do was step on a scale.
Ford, who weighed in at 252 at the NFL Combine 10 days earlier, was down to 244.
“I had a good day,” Ford said on The MoJo Show. “I definitely was lighter. My metabolism’s fast. I’m a lean guy, so my weight will fluctuate all the time. I will probably be six pounds lighter one day or six pounds heavier one day. It just comes with the body type I have and especially the intense training that I put into what I do. So my weight will fluctuate all the time. But I felt good. I felt great. I felt powerful.”
An explosive edge rusher, Ford had 10.5 sacks last year for the Tigers, helping them to an SEC title and an appearance in the BCS national championship game.
Despite limited reps in coverage, he is trying to prove to NFL scouts that he can play in either a 4-3 or 3-4.
“I definitely feel like I can take on tight ends,” he said. “I did it in our scheme. Whatever I’ll be faced with, I will get the job done – and I will definitely, definitely affect the quarterback.”
Projected as a late-first or early-second round pick, Ford has a solid performance at the combine. He registered a 35.5-inch vertical jump, had 29 bench reps of 225 pounds and ran a 4.59 in his first 40-yard dash and a 4.54 in his second.
“I can play either one,” Ford said of the 4-3 and 3-4. “I will get bigger with time. That’s just how my body is (because of) a lot of hard work. I’m so big on my nutrition. My weight will slowly come, but I’ll definitely be a solid 255 once I really grow into my body. I don’t rush to gain weight, but I feel like i can play any scheme.”
Speaking of the combine, Ford created a bit of controversy when he said that fellow SEC rusher Jadeveon Clowney plays football “like a blind dog in a meat market.” Ford explained that the comment was taken slightly out of context.
“He was just so freakishly talented, he could just show up and play,” Ford said. “We laughed and we talked about it. That’s just what it was. That’s the truth of the matter. That was my opinion.”
Ford made the comment after being asked if he was better than Clowney. Ford of course answered in the affirmative.
“I don’t know what people expect me to say. Let’s lose money right now,” the jovial Ford said, laughing. “I don’t know what people expected me to say. I could’ve chosen my words a little differently, but people don’t understand. We’re athletes. That’s how we talk. That’s just what we do. That’s how we are.”