Feb. 18, 2014
Dee Ford: From Auburn to the NFL Combine to the draft and beyond (USA Today photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Speed. Athleticism. Personality. Dee Ford says he's ready to show his skills at the NFL Combine.
"The Combine is not a lot about football. It's really there to show your athleticism," said the now former Auburn defensive end.
Ford will compete along with four other Tigers in Indianapolis. The others are offensive lineman Greg Robinson, running back Tre Mason, defensive back Chris Davis and punter Steven Clark. The Combine check-in begins Wednesday. Drills begin Friday.
Robinson is projected as a possible Top 5 pick and Ford could go late in the first round or early in the second round. Mason could go late second or early third.
Ford had a team-best 10.5 sacks and and a leading 14.5 tackles for a loss for Auburn last season.
"It's a great opportunity to show how athletic you are, and I'm going to take advantage of every drill," Ford said on the NFL Network on Tuesday. "I'm there to compete. I'm want to win every drill and have the best time. I'm not looking over this. I know I can play football, but I want to show my athleticism, too."
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Tuesday that Ford is "is one of our hardest workers. He's come so far. He's playing with a lot of confidence. He'll make somebody a reliable football player who can rush the passer."
Robinson, Ford and Mason should get to the first calls. NFL Network's Mike Mayock says Robinson is the No. 2 best offensive tackle available, Ford is the No. 3 defensive end, and Mason is the fifth best running back.
The Combine will be televised by the NFL Network. Some things to look for:
Friday: Kickers and specialists.
Saturday: Offensive linemen, tight ends, pecial teams.
Sunday: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers.
Monday: Defensive linemen, linebackers.
Tuesday: Defensive backs
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigerscom. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine