Selecting an offensive lineman will under no circumstances be the most interesting decide in the NFL Draft. It does not issue how perfectly a prospect carried out in school, how technically seem his recreation is, his footwork, strength, management, etcetera. Numerous will nonetheless clamor for an effects talent placement player.
Nevertheless, Baltimore would not be mistaken in drafting the proper offensive lineman in the to start with spherical, and there is a slam-dunk selection at 22. His identify is Cody Ford.
And in advance of any one receives bent out of form about picking yet another offensive lineman, specifically a guard, Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman would most possible approve of this selection.
“My philosophy is profitable will come to start with,” Roman said of what he would like to accomplish. “I’m not chasing stats. Occupation justification stats, drinking water cooler communicate – I’m not genuinely into that. I’m into regardless of what allows the crew to get. I feel together with that, nevertheless, sure factors — A actual physical design and style, which means we’re in management, and it starts off up front, but it extends everywhere you go it is a frame of mind.”
To translate, he would like to be brutal up front — beating the opponent with a highway-grading offensive line and a actual physical speeding assault. Baltimore was second in speeding yards (2,441) with Lamar Jackson at quarterback, who experienced 695 yards himself. And nevertheless Jackson was capable to operate the ball with relative ease, the crew nonetheless experienced holes in the inside of the offensive line with injuries and ineffective perform.
Ford has performed proper tackle generally, but at 6’4, 338 lbs., he initiatives predominantly at guard in the NFL. That’s excellent for Baltimore, thinking of that Alex Lewis is ranked 67th among the guards on Pro Soccer Focus, and James Hurst is ranked 68th among the tackles. They have to have to get superior up the middle, and Ford delivers that improve.
His means to pass block has been on screen with two straight Heisman Trophy-profitable quarterbacks (Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray). He will acquire you for a magic carpet trip if you try to get your hands inside on him. In other phrases, you will go traveling from his means to blow up a bull rusher. Not a lot of men and women can get on the inside of him in the pass hurry. How a lot of occasions was Baltimore on the acquiring close of receiving a perform obliterated by inside defensive linemen in the passing recreation?
Ford’s means to operate block is uncanny. He has huge, solid hands, and he will use them to push the opponent into an abyss. The finest portion is that he is fast more than enough to get inside in advance of the defender blows up a perform. He is an absolute bully in the jogging recreation — he loves get hold of. The most significant attribute for an offensive lineman is if he finishes on a operate block. He FINISHES.
If Ford had been to drop down to the 22nd decide, he would not change heads right away. Nevertheless, when he receives on the field with that fireplace in his eyes he would like blood and guts, and that is the form of offensive lineman you want guarding a franchise quarterback. With Ronnie Stanley and Orlando Brown Jr. as the younger bookends, Baltimore can start to revitalize the middle of their offensive line.
For extra on Ford, check out a prospect breakdown by Ivan Evans.