Biggs: Ford blazing a trail to NFL

MOBILE, Ala.--Jacoby Ford didn’t want to talk about what kind of time he will be able to put up in the 40-yard dash at the scoring combine next month.

That is until the conversation turned to a number he knows he can achieve.

“A 4.2?” Ford said this morning after the North’s practice at the Senior Bowl. “I can guarantee a 4.2.”

Guarantee?

“Yes, sir,” Ford replied. “It’s just running.’’

Teams have been racing to get information on Ford, who is one of the better wide receiver prospects this season. He said he’s had meetings with the Bears, Bucs, Colts, Jets, Packers and Vikings already and has one arranged with the Panthers for tonight. That doesn’t necessarily signal anything. At the all-star games, teams meet with nearly every player.

Ford developed in his time at Clemson and made 56 receptions last season for 779 yards and six touchdowns. There is more polishing that needs to be done, but he could enter immediately and help a team. Plus, he’s got versatility as a return man.

He needs to work on getting off press coverage at the line of scrimmage, something he will see more of in the NFL. He says that is going well and he needs to focus on dipping his shoulders more.

But the speed he has cannot be taught. Ford’s claim is having run a 4.126-second 40-yard dash when he was at Fork Union Military Acadmey in 2005, backed when he said he weighed about 163 pounds. Now, he’s a shade under 5-9 and 181 pounds.

“If anybody asks me if I am a track guy that plays football, I can answer that question easily,” Ford said. “I’m just a football guy that just so happens to run track.”

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