Name: Cameron Ford.
College: Wake Forest.
Position: Tight end.
Height/weight: 6-foot-4, 255 pounds.
40 time: 4.71.
Scout Dave-Te' Thomas' grade: 4.3.
Career highlights: As a senior, Ford started a career-high 10 games and hauled in all three touchdown receptions of his career — including against ACC powers Virginia Tech and Clemson. He finished with 12 catches for 99 yards, tops among the team's tight ends. In 2009, he led Wake Forest's tight ends with 10 catches, and he led the position group with 11 grabs in 2010.
Cameron Ford was an all-state wide receiver in South Carolina.
At Wake Forest, he gained 35 pounds and turned into a good blocker.
It's that versatility that has Ford believing he can crack the Packers' 53-man roster, which returns all five tight ends that saw action last year.
"Coming out of high school, I was a wide receiver and a linebacker," Ford told Packer Report last week. "In college, I was moved to tight end, so I had to work on my blocking, and I feel like my entire time that I was at Wake I just got better and better at blocking. I have a linebacker-type mentality toward my blocking and being very aggressive at that. At the same time, I feel like I kept up my receiving game. I can run after the catch. I feel like I'm a pretty good all-around player and can play all three downs and do whatever is asked of me."
Ford wasn't used much in the receiving game, with 33 catches while being the main starter for his final three seasons. Ford wasn't invited to the Scouting Combine but ran a 4.71 at his pro day. He had a predraft workout with the Packers, he said.
"(Scout Brian Gutekunst) seemed to like me a lot and we had a good conversation. The Packers were one of the teams I was hoping to hear from," Ford said.
"I really liked what he said about the Packers being close-knit," Ford continued. "That was the first option that came up so I got on it as soon as possible. I know you have a lot of tight ends and it's going to be a tough road, but it's something I'm ready for."
Helping him get ready was the competition of the ACC.
"The ACC puts out probably a defensive end in the first round every year," he said. "This year, Quinton Coples came out in the first round, and so did Chandler Jones from Syracuse, who I also played against. I feel like the talent that I played against is tops and you know how to prepare for guys like that and you learn how to take them head-on. The best thing you can do is hit ‘em and let them know that you're there for the whole game and you're going to be in their face. You can't get intimidated or listen to what the pundits are saying about the other guys. That's who you've got to play against so you better do your job."
Ford arrived in Green Bay on Thursday and will join fellow undrafted rookie tight end Eric Lair for the three-day rookie camp that begins on Friday.
"This is a dream come true but I know taking the free agency route, it's a long process," Ford said. "You can't get to Step 2 without getting to Step 1, and that's where I'm at right now. I look forward to having the opportunity to get out there and work."
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