Jason Ford Q&A

Versatile Illinois running back Jason Ford auditions for NFL scouts today at his campus Pro Day workout. He rushed for 600 yards and seven touchdowns last season, catching 19 passes for 130 yards. As a junior, he rushed for 480 yards and seven touchdowns and caught seven passes for 52 yards and also threw a four-yard touchdown pass. Scout caught up with Ford for the following interview:

Scout: How ready do you feel for your Pro Day?

Ford: I"m real excited. I've been working hard with my trainer. I think the scouts will be impressed with my numbers. I want to show them my explosiveness, my acceleration, that I've got quick feet and real good strength in the bench. A good time for me would be in the 4.5 range. I weigh about 245. I'm hoping to bench between 26 and 28 reps.

Scout: What are the strengths of your game?

Ford: "Blocking, catching passes and being versatile. I can play some running back or West Coast fullback. That will help me out a lot. I can definitely do some different things."

Scout: Is there an NFL player you emulate?

Ford: "A lot of people say I remind them of Mike Tolbert of the Chargers. I can catch it out of the backfield. I've got a nose for the end zone."

Scout: How motivated are you that you weren't invited to the NFL scouting combine?

Ford: "I'm very motivated. I definitely feel like my career was good enough that I should have received an invite. I want to make the most of this opportunity, and I did get invited to the NFL super regional in Detroit.

"I'm going to keep grinding. I've got a good chance. I can adapt to an offense. I can play all special teams. I'm a quiet guy who works hard and fights through injuries. I'm not going to sit out with any nicks and bruises."

Scout: Who are the best players you played against?

Ford: "James Laurinaitis, J.J. Watt and Brandon Graham. Playing in the Big Ten Conference prepares you to pick up ends and linebackers. I feel like I'm one of the bsst pass protectors in college football."

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