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Dec 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback James Franklin (1) is taken down by Auburn Tigers defensive end Dee Ford (30) during the fourth quarter of the 2013 SEC Championship game at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Senior Bowl: former Auburn Tiger Dee Ford continues to star

The best defender for the Auburn Tigers as they made their run to the BCS Championship Game was defensive end Dee Ford and after a standout performance vs. the Florida State Seminoles in that game, he has taken that momentum into the 2014 Senior Bowl.

Ford sacked Jameis Winston twice and was a nightmare to block and his speed off the edge and array of pass-rush moves could push Ford into the first round of May’s NFL Draft, according to Optimum Scouting.

“If there’s one prospect that may begin to earn first round grades from NFL teams after this week, it’s Auburn’s Dee Ford. Possessing remarkable quickness off the edge and the bend that embarrassed offensive tackles at times today, Ford has proven that he can have consistent success against offensive tackles. Ford also showcased a natural spin move and outside-in rushes that showcase his versatility as a rusher. I’ll be curious to see him more during team drills to look at his impact in the run game.”

At 6-2, 240-pounds, Ford won’t be a fit in some team’s defenses, but teams covet players who can get to the quarterback and Ford has shown he can do that in the toughest conference in college football, perform well on the biggest stage and excel at the Senior Bowl against some of the top players in the country.

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