Virginia Tech wide receiver Isaiah Ford has declared for the 2017 NFL Draft, forgoing his senior season. He made the announcement on Monday via his Twitter.
— Isaiah Ford (@IAF_1) January 2, 2017
Ford played three seasons at Virginia Tech, becoming the school’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns with 210 receptions, 2,967 yards, and 24 touchdowns.
The most prolific wide receiver in Hokies’ history is projected to be a top-50 pick in the upcoming draft. His speed is what is coveted by NFL scouts. He has drawn comparisons to Will Fuller of Houston Texans who was taken in the first-round last year out of Notre Dame.
Ford can stretch defenses vertically, and can put on the jets against cornerbacks when matched one-on-one. But his vertical abilities aren’t all he brings to the table. He is a good route runner. He is sound in the route tree. He can run the hitch working against man-to-man coverage. He also has the ability to break loose on deep posts, slants, and crossing routes.
At 6-foot-2 195 lbs, his small frame is a concern, but he knows how to play above his size. He will also need to improve off jams, and get loose against zone coverage.
In a draft that lacks any blue-chip prospects, Ford could be the steal of the draft for a lucky team that selects him.