1. (OT) Cody Ford, Oklahoma 6-4, 337 (1)
Why Cody Ford Is Here On The List: Whether he played at tackle or guard, he was a special blocker on a terrific offensive line that came into its own last season as one of the nation’s most effective. Ford has the bulk, the size, and the talent to be an anchor on an interior, but he’s going to get tested out at tackle early on.
He’s going to be an emotional tone-setter for a front five, with the leadership and toughness to take over as soon as he gets his feet wet. The motor is always going, and there’s absolutely no questioning his fight to finish a block.
What The NFL Types Want To See: Are the feet there to be a tackle? His future millions will be made at guard, but the more athletic he can look and run, the higher up he’ll go in a first round that’s missing the star interior blockers.
Bottom Line: All of the tools are there to quickly become a star and a good value … as a guard. He’s not worthy of a top 15 pick, but he should go somewhere between 20-and-30 as a final piece of the puzzle type of selection for a line. There’s upside at tackle with a little work and patience, but stick him in the interior and he’ll be off and rolling.