Many football analysts believe Auburn pass-rusher Dee Ford has second-round talent at best in the upcoming NFL Draft. Don't tell him that after a dominating performance under the spotlight at the Senior Bowl.
Ford accumulated two sacks, knocked down a pass, contributed in the run game and hurried the quarterback multiple times on his way to winning MVP honors.
"I feel like I'm the best," Ford said earlier this week via AL.com. "I think every man should feel like that about his craft. That's how you elevate your game. Whether I am or I'm not, I think I am."
The 6-foot-2, 243-pound pass-rusher was fast and explosive the entire game. However, this isn't something new; the Alabama native has been doing this the entire season.
Ford had 10.5 sacks for the season, 6.5 recorded in Southeastern Conference play and two in the BCS National Championship Game.
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, the coach for Ford's South team in the Senior Bowl, had nothing but good things to say about the prospect.
"I think that all it takes is one team to really like him, and I think that Dee is exciting," he said via Yahoo! Sports. "I really like his personality. I like his spirit. He loves the game, and he showcases that on the practice field. Any time a guy can come off the edge and show his ability to have some rushes in him, I think it really stands out and it really pops out for all the coaches."
Ford's explosiveness and speed gives him the ability to play effectively in multiple defensive schemes. Many analysts believe he can thrive as a 3-4 edge-rushing linebacker or as a typical 4-3 pass-rushing end.
There's definitely potential in the young player. Like Bradley said, all it takes is one team to give him a chance. His work ethic and competitive nature will take care of the rest.