NFL Draft Scouting Report: Isaiah Ford

Virginia Tech
Wide Receiver #1
Junior 6’2 190

  • Route runner
  • Quick feet
  • Good hands
  • Possession receiver
  • Wins 50/50’s
  • Timing
  • Lacks elite speed
  • Solid blocker

Isaiah Ford attended Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida where he was a part of a group that won the first of four straight Florida 3A State Championships for the Conquerors. He was recruited heavily by Louisville, Arkansas, and Clemson but Ford decided to take his talents to Blacksburg, Virginia and enrolled at Virginia Tech. He was an immediate impact player for the Hokies. He led the team in both receptions and receiving yards as a freshman. He was second on the team in receiving touchdowns behind fellow freshman Bucky Hodges. Ford earned Honorable Mention All-ACC.  He had a breakout year his sophomore campaign catching 75 passes for 1,164 yards as well as 11 touchdowns. All of which set new marks in the Virginia Tech record book and in fact he is the only player to have 1,000 receiving yards in a season in Virginia Tech history. He earned First Team All-ACC as well.

In 2016 Ford broke his own single season receptions record when he caught 79 passes on the year. He recorded only the second 1,000 yard receiving season in Virginia Tech history, he recorded the first the previous year, by having 1,094 yards and he also hauled in seven touchdowns which earned him Second Team All-ACC honors.

Although Ford is not the fastest receiver we have seen he does have enough to get over the top of defenses at times. He makes up for his lack of “burner” speed by running very crisp and polished routes although in some circles Ford gets dinged for not having to learn a very extensive route tree at Virginia Tech. He gets open during short and intermediate routes by utilizing his ability to create separation through spot-on routes. He has very quick feet and is sure handed most of the time. In the running game he is a reliable blocker in the open field.

Once the ball is in Ford’s hands don’t expect too much razzle dazzle as he doesn’t make too many people miss in the open field but he has great timing when it comes to going up and getting the ball. He usually wins the 50/50 balls and can make great catches despite solid coverage although he does drop some easy passes at times. He made a spectacular catch against Pittsburgh this past season that many receivers would have given up on.

Ford had an unparalleled receiving career at Virginia Tech and rewrote the record books. In a deep receiving class Ford may wait a couple rounds to hear his name called on draft day.

NFL Comparison: Jeremy Maclin

Ford reminds me of Jeremy Maclin in the way they both always seem to be open and they make catches with defenders right on their hip. Neither one has track star speed but are play makers when the ball is in the air.

Round Value: 2-3

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