Virginia Tech WR Isaiah Ford declares for NFL Draft
Virginia Tech’s all-time receiving leader Isaiah Ford declares for the NFL Draft forgoing senior season.
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.