3. RT Cody Ford
There is certainly room for improvement for a player that was the 38th overall pick in last April’s draft. Massive tackle Cody Ford from the University of Oklahoma played all 16 regular-season games and made 15 starts. He spent the early part of his debut campaign splitting time with another newcomer to the team.
The club added its share of offensive linemen last year in free agency and snatched tackle Ty Nsekhe away from the Washington Redskins.
When it was all said and done and via Pro Football Focus (subscription required), the 6’3”, 329-pound former Sooners’ standout would play 739 offensive snaps and surrender seven sacks. And understandably, you would have to scroll down PFF’s tackle rankings to find the young performer that manned the right side.
As important as pass protection is in this league, Ford has even more work to do as a run blocker. His grades for his debut campaign saw him a bit higher when it came to keeping quarterback Josh Allen out of harm’s way (57.7) than it came to paving the way for the club’s ground attack (49.4).
The 23-year-old performer as well as the unit in general got better as time wore on as they got acclimated to playing alongside each other, although there were still some issues against the better defensive fronts. All told, Ford could take a major step forward this fall.
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