The Measurables

Jerome Ford

RB – #24 Cincinnati

HT: 5110
WT: 220
WING: N/A
ARM: N/A
HAND: N/A
DOB: 9/12/1999

Year: Redshirt Sophomore
High School: Armwood (Tampa, FL)
HS Rating: 4 star (0.8909)
Phil Steele: PS#107

Jerome Ford scouting report

Has very good speed. Outran the entire Georgia secondary on a big touchdown run. Very smooth with his slight shifts and adjustments. Mostly a north/south runner. Ford doesn’t have the size to be a “power back” so to speak, but for his size has the ability to run downhill and between the tackles effectively. Not a brute runner. Very limited in power situations.

Accelerates well off a cut. Struggles from a standstill. Explosive enough for the professional level. Explodes off of his cut. See’s the field very well. Excellent field vision. Understands defenders and their tendencies well to make them miss, especially in space. Good contact balance in between the tackles. Has a variety of moves that he uses very well. Keeps his feet churning and his low run level allows him to bounce off would be tacklers. Excellent contact balance in space. Makes defenders hold him until they get support.

Doesn’t catch the ball naturally, looks very uncomfortable and forced, but will make catches. Flashes the ability to make catches through contact when he needs to. Ford was often sent out in a variety of check down level routes. Ford provides a good pop to anyone he comes in contact with. Not quick when angling to pick up his assignment, but when he locks in his block he’s strong. Shows excellent bend, especially for a running back. Ford provides some upside as a potential chip blocker, bringing a good hit as he leaves the backfield. Works well making sure he hits someone who is already engaged and knocks them a good bit off balance. Good pop. Showed an excellent job in this regard against Notre Dame in 2021.

What we want to see from Jerome Ford in Mobile

  • We really want to see Jerome Ford come into Mobile having worked on his hands as a receiver. His film showed him to be a largely ineffective receiver overall who flashed potential as a capable player out of the backfield. We want to see him show route-running promise and improved catch ability.

Pre-Senior Bowl projection

Jerome Ford appears to be a rotational running back at the next level who can use a combination of speed and strength to carve a first/second down role. Ford’s lack of receiving ability holds him back, but overall he looks like a running back who could earn a second contract.

Ford projects as a fourth/fifth-round player in this draft. His rotational fit is key to his projection, but with so many running backs in this class, it’s hard to separate to get his opportunity. He could go closer to the seventh-round in this class.

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By John Vogel

NFL Draft Analyst. Dad.

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