The streak continues.
On Saturday, College of Miami defensive deal with and Fort Lauderdale Dillard grad Jonathan Ford, a 6-5, 338-pound mountain of a guy when he plugged up the middle of the defensive line for the Hurricanes, built positive of that.
Ford, who wasn’t even integrated in mock drafts by NFL analysts, was picked by the Green Bay Packers with the 13th choose of the seventh and ultimate spherical — 234th over-all.
The variety ensured that the Hurricanes have had at the very least 1 participant taken in each draft because 1975 — 48 consecutive drafts. Just before Saturday, the previous time only one particular UM player was drafted was in 2009, when linebacker Spencer Adkins went in the sixth round to the Atlanta Falcons. Before that, you’d have to go back to 1982 when receiver Mike Rodrigue went to the Dolphins in the 12th spherical.
Sadly for the Hurricanes, nevertheless, 10 others under no circumstances read their names called, together with Miami document-breaking receiver Charleston Rambo and tough-hitting security Bubba Bolden, the only two Canes incorporated in analysts’ mock drafts.
Inspite of his enormous actual physical characteristics — his arm duration calculated 36 3/8 inches at the NFL Professional Scouting Blend — Ford, a 2017 signee, did not have just about as substantially creation as most would have thought.
Ford experienced a quiet fifth-12 months senior season in 2021 with 14 tackles, fifty percent a deal with for reduction and just one quarterback hurry. In 2020, he started out nine of his 10 online games and amassed 19 tackles, 1.5 tackles for reduction and a single compelled fumble.
“Six-five and  kilos, you envisioned additional generation from Jonathan Ford,’’ claimed ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. “Size, ample athleticism, really should be in that backfield wreaking havoc on a additional reliable foundation. That wasn’t the case. At Miami you see flashes, you really don’t see the steady creation. That is why he’s even now on the board irrespective of obtaining very superior physical capacity.’’
In 2019, Ford commenced all 13 games and had 18 tackles, with 3 1/2 tackles for reduction and three sacks. He also had a compelled fumble.
Previous Miami mentor Manny Diaz compared the defensive tackle to an unopened Christmas gift when he became the last freshman participant to arrive at slide camp in August 2017. “You had a single still left under the tree,’’ Diaz explained then about the 3-star prospect.
Diaz stated prior to the 2019 period, immediately after previous UM star Gerald Willis had departed, that “for unique men, the light comes on at different times. For Jon, it was this earlier spring practice. And boy, when that light came on it came on in a significant way.
“Sometimes you glimpse all around and you are 1 of the young men. Then, all of a unexpected you search all around and you’re like, ‘Wow. I’m a person of the more mature fellas.’ We usually though he had the applications to be a big-time, 4-3 Miami defensive deal with.’’
But Ford’s numbers did not appear to be to mirror what items he possessed. Ford ran the 40-property dash in 5.45 seconds March 30 at UM’s Professional Working day, which would have been the second-slowest time amongst defensive tackles at the merge in Indianapolis, according to The Athletic.
He mentioned he returned in 2021 “to arrive back again to enable this group get to a championship stage.’’
The championship hardly ever happened, but Ford’s dream of taking part in in the NFL has just started.
Rambo, an Oklahoma transfer who broke UM’s solitary-year records for obtaining yards (1,172 yards and 7 touchdowns in 12 video games, a 97.7-lawn ordinary) and receptions (79 catches) in 2021, will signal as an undrafted free of charge agent with the Carolina Panthers, a supply explained to the Miami Herald shortly just after the draft.
And UM file-breaking receiver Mike Harley Jr. will sign as a no cost agent with the Cleveland Browns.
Former star quarterback D’Eriq King is heading to the New England Patriots as an undrafted cost-free agent.
Other undrafted Hurricanes envisioned to indication as free brokers or be invited to NFL camps involve Bolden, who ran a 4.7-2nd 40-garden dash at the NFL merge and had a staff-finest 74 tackles, 6 1/2 tackles for decline, just one sack, an interception and 4 pressured fumbles in his ideal year in 2020 as effectively as defensive stop Zach McCloud, defensive stop Deandre Johnson, operating again Cam’Ron Harris, security Amari Carter and offensive linemen Jarrid Williams and Navaughn Donaldson.
This tale was originally released April 30, 2022 6:11 PM.