Cards parlayed their two 7th round (#221 and #231) picks to trade up into the 7th round. They selected the safety from Auburn who was said to be solid vs. the run but somewhat vulnerable in coverage. Update - BA plans to work him at CB..
Ford is a solid, but unspectacular, defender for Auburn who can contribute in pass coverage and run defense. Comes across as mainly a run-stopping safety who may be a liability in coverage (i.e. how successful he becomes will probably depend on how he's used by creative Cardinal defensive coaches). Interestingly, he's been spending much of his predraft time working out at cornerback (partly with Patrick Peterson of all people) - Gollin
Johnathan "Rudy" Ford - Compact frame carries some pop as a tackler. Comes downhill ready to put in work. Maintains run fits and leverages running backs to the sideline. Aggressive hitter who hits with his head up and looks to run through his target. Consistently productive tackler who is an efficient finisher. Decent hands and can take the ball away if it is there for him. Plays safety and handled man coverage as a nickel this season. Has kick return and coverage experience on special teams.
But plays with tightness in his hips. Is slow to open and transition in coverage. Gives up too much separation out of breaks to be counted on in full-time man cover situations. Straight-liner who can be slow to sink and change directions in space as a tackler. Lacks the length to slide around open field blockers quickly. Route anticipation and instincts are just average. Production on the ball is below average.
A solid starter and productive tackler, but his tight hips and lack of instant acceleration could limit what teams ask from him in coverage. Will likely have to add some weight and try to prove himself as a backup box safety who can make plays on special teams. - Zierlein
(Mention but no write-up) - NFLDS
Solid defender for Auburn the past few seasons.-threat as a kick returner. - WalterFB
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