Feb. 24, 2014
Auburn's Dee Ford a no-go at the Combine, but he's says he'll go at Auburn's Pro Day (USA Today photo)
By Charles Goldberg
The NFL Combine medical staff didn't let Dee Ford participate in drills on Monday, but the defensive end promises he'll be good to go at Auburn's Pro Day.
Ford told the NFL Network he'll be in Auburn and will do "everything."
"Make this known: I'm doing everything March 4."
Ford said he was "medically excluded" from participating in the Combine in Indianapolis because of concerns over a herniated disc. Ford led Auburn with 14½ tackles a loss and 10½ sacks in 2013.
"Everybody knows I had a back procedure in 2011. I feel fine, and everything is fine, but it was a medical precaution they want to go through," Ford said. "They didn't want to risk anything here. It's very unfortunate. I'm very disappointed. I came to compete in this Combine. I'm still going to stay here and support my peers."
Ford played defensive end at Auburn, but he may be drafted as an outside linebacker to take advantage of his speed. He's being projected as a second or third-round draft pick.
Ford also said his comments Sunday about fellow defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina wasn't meant to hurt. He said Clowney relies more on his physical skills than anything, and plays like "a blind dog in a meat market."
Monday, the two shared a laugh on the field in Indianapolis.
"That wasn't a personal shot at him at all. That's my guy. We're talking right now," Ford said. "It's just fun. It's competition. I want everybody to understand that was not a personal a shot at him. Jadeveon and I are cool. We're laughing about the situation.
"It's all cool. It's love right now."
Three former Auburn players have already competed in the Combine: Offensive tackle Greg Robinson (story), running back Tre Mason (story) and punter Steven Clark. Defensive back Chris Davis won't participate Tuesday, as planned, because of a hamstring injury.