Let’s talk about Jerome Ford of the Cincinnati Bearcats and what he can provide a team in the NFL, including the Houston Texans. Ford on NFL.com is graded as a 5.95, which makes him an average backup or special teams player. With the addition of Marlon Mack to a recent contract, Ford would fit the mold of being a backup to Mack in ’21, and that would give Ford time to learn under a veteran player.
At the NFL Combine in February, Ford had a 40-yard dash time of 4.46, and for his final season with Cincinnati, the 220-pound running back totaled 1,319 yards rushing on 215 carries with 19 touchdowns. He also caught 21 receptions for 220 yards and one touchdown in ’21.
Also on the ground last season with the Bearcats, Ford averaged 6.1 yards per carry, and he averaged 10.5 yards per reception.
Ford might not be the biggest name or even the best running back on the board in the ’22 NFL Draft, but if the Texans want a running back who has been described on NFL.com as player who “possesses NFL size and athletic traits,” then if available in round four – a round where the Texans have two picks – then this could be a realistic opportunity to gain some depth and a “diamond in the rough” on the third day of the draft.
Which running back do you want the Houston Texans to select when the draft takes place, or do you even want Houston to add a running back via the draft later this month?