Perez Ford arrived at Northern Illinois as an athlete. In the high school ranks, he saw success at multiple positions on the offensive side of the football. The allure of committing to Northern Illinois was that they recognized his position flexibility and allowed him to play where he felt most comfortable. Ford committed to the defensive side of the football full time and settled on playing edge rusher for the majority of his career at Northern Illinois.
Ford wreaked havoc on opposing quarterbacks as a member of the Huskies using his speed and a wide variety of pass rushing moves. Opposing offensive linemen routinely found themselves off balance and unable to account for his speed off the edge. Despite the fact that his film indicates that he has skills that translate to the next level as an edge rusher, teams expressed concern about his size. Due to the fact that Ford is 6-foot, 231 pounds, with superior athleticism, NFL teams have become intrigued with his potential as an inside linebacker.
Ford did not run the 40-yard dash at his pro day, but he has workouts lined up with multiple teams. Ford is a former track and field standout who was a state qualifier in the 100-meter dash in high school. Ford brings exceptional athleticism to the linebacker position and as a result, he’s become a hot name among NFL talent evaluators. His closing speed and ability to get off of blocks will be highly coveted by teams that like to mix green dog blitzes into their blitz packages.
With that said, Ford isn’t concerned with the position, or scheme he’ll play in at the next level; he believes he’ll thrive irrespective of where he lines up on the field. If history is the greatest predictor of future behavior, it certainly appears that success in the NFL is imminent for Ford.