Draft profile: Jacoby Ford, WR, Clemson

My biggest fear about the NFL is … The lockout rumor in 2011.

The coach or teammate who inspired me more than he realized was … Coach (Dabo) Swinney because he always expected me to make a play, no matter how hard or how easy it was. He truly believed I was a playmaker anytime the ball got in my hands.

Jacoby Ford flashes his speed at the Combine.
Jacoby Ford flashes his speed at the Combine.

If I have a weakness, it’s … Probably just being overmatched with linebackers.

Cat or dog? I’d rather be a … Cat because they are swift on their feet and very silent when they land. That’s kind of like me: When I run, you do not hear me because it is very smooth and polished.

The NFL players I’d love to have as my teammates are … Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, DeSean Jackson, Eddie Royal and Steve Smith.

Bigger or faster? I’d rather be … Faster. Speed kills and I like my size now.

If I had to compare myself to an NFL player, it’d be … Eddie Royal.

The scariest thing about being off on my own is … Having my own responsibilities now that college life is over.

Another draft prospect who has impressed me is … (Missouri linebacker) Sean Weatherspoon.

I don’t think I’ll be a bust in the NFL because … I will not allow myself to be. I always want to work hard day in and day out.

If I wasn’t being drafted, I’d be applying for a job at … My old college, so I can stay close to football and help others.

The Clemson freshman who will one day be a high draft choice is … (Quarterback) Tajh Boyd.

The first purchase I’ll make with my signing bonus is … Maybe a car.

The most important attribute of mine is … Definitely my speed because I feel like that is something that you cannot teach.

The college game day tradition I’m going to miss the most is … Running down that hill and rubbing that rock. That was best experience ever.

—Jeff D’Alessio

This story appears in March 1’s edition of Sporting News Today. If you are not receiving Sporting News Today, the only daily digital sports newspaper, sign up today for free.

My biggest fear about the NFL is … The lockout rumor in 2011.

The coach or teammate who inspired me more than he realized was … Coach (Dabo) Swinney because he always expected me to make a play, no matter how hard or how easy it was. He truly believed I was a playmaker anytime the ball got in my hands.

Jacoby Ford flashes his speed at the Combine.
Jacoby Ford flashes his speed at the Combine.

If I have a weakness, it’s … Probably just being overmatched with linebackers.

Cat or dog? I’d rather be a … Cat because they are swift on their feet and very silent when they land. That’s kind of like me: When I run, you do not hear me because it is very smooth and polished.

The NFL players I’d love to have as my teammates are … Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, DeSean Jackson, Eddie Royal and Steve Smith.

Bigger or faster? I’d rather be … Faster. Speed kills and I like my size now.

If I had to compare myself to an NFL player, it’d be … Eddie Royal.

The scariest thing about being off on my own is … Having my own responsibilities now that college life is over.

Another draft prospect who has impressed me is … (Missouri linebacker) Sean Weatherspoon.

I don’t think I’ll be a bust in the NFL because … I will not allow myself to be. I always want to work hard day in and day out.

If I wasn’t being drafted, I’d be applying for a job at … My old college, so I can stay close to football and help others.

The Clemson freshman who will one day be a high draft choice is … (Quarterback) Tajh Boyd.

The first purchase I’ll make with my signing bonus is … Maybe a car.

The most important attribute of mine is … Definitely my speed because I feel like that is something that you cannot teach.

The college game day tradition I’m going to miss the most is … Running down that hill and rubbing that rock. That was best experience ever.

—Jeff D’Alessio

This story appears in March 1’s edition of Sporting News Today. If you are not receiving Sporting News Today, the only daily digital sports newspaper, sign up today for free.

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