With the 57th pick in the NFL Mocks mid-season mock draft for the NFC East, the NY Giants select Jaylan Ford, LB Texas. Ford makes the third Texas Longhorn going to the NFC East in the second round.
As the Texas Longhorns undergo a revival, Jaylan Ford has become one of the most influential college football defenders. His football IQ is one of the things that stands out most, and with abilities that allow him to stay on the field for three downs, the linebacker is likely to experience an increase in value as he advances to the NFL. Ford does not come with restrictions when it comes to second-level play.
Ford exhibits good agility off the line of scrimmage and uses powerful hands to get past blockers. His skill at locating the ball quickly and reacting to it at the second level is impressive. He is a downhill defender who tackles with physicality and shows strong awareness and discipline to recognize fakes. His footwork and speed in tight areas are excellent, and his pursuit is relentless. Ford has the athleticism to play in space, even though he is stiff when making tackles in the open field. His effort in pursuit is good
At 6'3, 239lbs, and a 4.7 40, his size and speed are similar to Fred Warner of the 49ers. They have comparable draft grades at 6.1 as well. The two similarities don't end there; Ford's length and agility allow him to move like a safety but with the ability to remain close to the line. Like Warner, His agility and change of direction skills are pretty good, even in an open space. Over the last three years, he has had some notable successes, recovering five fumbles and snatching six interceptions. He is also a team captain and is a very active tackler.
On day two, the Eagles will kick off part two of our NFL Mocks mid-season mock draft for the NFC East. The Commanders and Giants keep rebuilding, with four picks between them in round 3.