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Auburn Football Defensive Back Rudy Ford Drafted In 6th Round

Rudy Ford was the third Auburn player selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Auburn, Ala.--A player who led Auburn in tackles for two seasons and made 275 of them in four seasons for the Tigers, Jonathan Ford, was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

Ford was the 24th player taken in the sixth round of the draft and No. 208 overall. Teammate Montravius Adams was taken in the third round by Green Bay and while fellow AU defender Carl Lawson went to the Cincinnati Bengals in round four.

Known to his teammates as “Rudy,” the speedy running back turned defensive back played in 52 games at Auburn with 34 starts.

The native of Big Cove, Ala., saw his first action as a true freshman in 2013. He carried the ball six times for 78 yards and one touchdown while also making five tackles.

In 2014 he moved to the secondary and started all 13 games at safety. He led AU’s tacklers with 93 stops while intercepting three passes and deflecting four passes. He made 2 1/2 tackles for lost yardage and forced a fumble that year.


Rudy Ford is shown at his Pro Day workout.

The former All-State running back at New Hope High School moved to the nickel position as a junior and boosted his tackles total to 118, the most in a single AU season since 2001. He made 3 1/2 tackles for lost yardage with one sack. Ford intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, deflected four passes and forced two fumbles in 2015.

Last season as a senior he started 10 games and missed three others due to injury, which kept him out of the Sugar Bowl and Senior Bowl. He was fourth on the team with 59 tackles. He had 5 1/2 stops for lost yardage and deflected seven passes. Ford was credited with three quarterback hurries and recovered a fumble. 

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