With the No. 38 overall pick in the 2nd round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills have selected former Oklahoma Sooners offensive tackle Cody Ford. The AFC East organization has been in need of a stronger O-line unit, and its first pick of the draft’s second day is a great step in the right direction.
After the Bills’ 2018 unit struggled protecting rookie QB Josh Allen, Buffalo has signed six offensive linemen through free agency since the season ended. Even considering that, Cody Ford is talented enough to lock down a starting spot on Day 1. While he’s adept in pass protection, the strongest part of his game is undoubtedly in run-blocking.
After beginning his college career as a left guard, Ford made the switch to right tackle for the 2018 season, when he also blocked for eventual Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray. For the 6’4”, 329 pound behemoth, those few yards down the line made for quite the difference. In his new position, he made an immediate impact on the field and in the eyes of scouts and analysts. Better yet, he was able to remain healthy after a couple seasons of going back and forth between the field and the sideline in the two years prior, During his final season, he started and played through all 14 games.
What has made him such a hot commodity throughout the draft process is the mean streak he plays with on every snap and the versatility he’s shown throughout his collegiate career. He’s a guy that can play on both sides of the center, inside or out. If what he did at Oklahoma is any indication, right tackle is probably where he fits best, but no one should put anything past him if needed elsewhere in a pinch. He could very well end up at guard if a team sees a better fit on the inside. CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso compares Ford to Kelechi Osemele, and NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein draws parallels to Brandon Brooks.
Oklahoma RT Cody Ford is nastyyy! pic.twitter.com/lU2tbBHsvX— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) December 28, 2018
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