Posted: 7:01 am Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Dee Ford: There is no feud with Jadeveon Clowney 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford before his second vertical jump on Tuesday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford before his second vertical jump on Tuesday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford, after his stellar showing at the school’s Pro Day on Tuesday, wanted to make one thing clear.

Despite his brash comments about South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney at the scouting combine, there is no feud between the SEC rivals.

Ford referred to Clowney as a blind dog in a meat shop, who relied on his athletic talent.

“It’s a great story and it sounds good, but what I want everyone to know is that me and Clowney are not feuding,” Ford told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We compete. If he sets a number, I’m going to try and beat it. I told Clowney to set the bar the high.

“That’s just how we have fun. We didn’t take any of that personally. I think, if anything, it was taken differently by the masses and that’s not something that I can control. Me and Clowney have a great relationship. We are not feuding.”

Ford didn’t work out at the combine because of a back issue related to a 2011 surgery. He said it was a “precautionary.”

Ford, who’s the 28th rated player by NFLDraftScout.com, attempted to solidify his first-round draft status. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical, 10-foot, 4-inch long jump, he lifted 225 pounds 29 times on the bench press and 4.59 on his first 40-yard dash attempt and 4.53 on his second.

“They said 4.53,” Ford said. “Some said 4.4 and half. But it’s all good. I’m just glad that I got out there and ran.”

He wanted to get into the 30s on his bench press.

“I wasn’t happy with that,” Ford said. “I wanted to get a 30-piece.”

Ford pronounced himself healthy.

“I feel great about where I’m at right now,” Ford said. “I had a back procedure in 2011 and they didn’t want to chance anything at the combine. They just put me under medical precaution just to be on the safe side and said that I could do everything at my Pro Day.”

Ford, who dropped from 252 to 244 pounds in 10 days after the combine, has to show 3-4 teams that he can play outside linebacker.

“It’s all good,” Ford said. “The beautiful thing about football is that anything that’s new or foreign to you is (a challenge). … I might not be able to do it on the first time, but that’s the beautiful thing about the sport, it’s your craft and it’s something that you can definitely work on and learn from.”

13 comments
DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Ford is making himself look stupid and inferior with a major inferiority complex. Do you hear Clowney talking down to any other DE? No because he goes about his business and handles it. Do you hear any other DE in this draft class trying to come at Clowney in any way? No. Sounds to me like Ford has a bit of jealousy and fatigue of the media attention Clowney gets and is trying to boost his own status in the eyes of many. Sorry kid, but I see straight through you. You're not better than Clowney, and never will be. First of all you don't have the measurements nor the freakish athletic ability. It took you 5 years to get 20.5 sacks and it took Clowney 3 to get 25. Numbers do not lie. Dee Ford just got hot this past season. Clowney was NFL ready after his sophomore season. Just shut up Dee Ford and from now on, try to prove yourself as better than Clowney. Because as of right now, you are not even close.

maxman2660
maxman2660

what do clowney be sayin' he be sayin'  "they be scared,they be scared"

slydawg
slydawg

"He said it was a “precautionary.” Good Lawd, where is the editing for online content? I know several content editors who need jobs. Hire one!!!


Now about Dee Ford: He is telling the truth. It's trash talking and elite athletes competing. However, "a blind dog in a meat market" was a low blow remark to make to the general public. He was not joking about that. It was both a complement and a diss of Clowney. In other words, "don't give him a scheme to follow, just turn him loose. But at the same time, he isn't flexible enough to play in a pre-defined scheme?" That's all he was trying to say.

DrPhill
DrPhill

Ford played hard all season.  Not sure about Clowney.

OriginalATLien
OriginalATLien

Like I said before, Falcons have the potential to trade down in the first round and end up with 2 starters. A DE & FS, or a DE & OL.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

That Dee Ford is a beast.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@Tea-Party-Meber  You're trolling, I get that, but would you stop it about Manziel? If you honestly believe that QB is the Falcons' problem, then you have more issues than just your spelling ability!!!

GetontheGusBus
GetontheGusBus

@DawgGoneIt Clowney will be a bust. He can't even play 3 downs without getting tired. Once Clowney gets his money you want hear from him.

slydawg
slydawg

@OriginalATLien  Question: Why would the Falcons trade down to take Clinton-Dix or any other DE in the first round? Those positions are considered 'edge" positions on defense. The Falcons, as of today, have a backup DT under a one year contract coming back from an achilles injury on a 300+ lb. frame. The LB Corp is "ok" but even there your best player is oft-injured and two undrafted players in their second year. Beyond Clowney, there is no other DE in this draft worth a 1st round grade, including Ford. Just sayin!!!! Did I need to mention the offensive line?

Barves_Loss_Agian
Barves_Loss_Agian

@DawgGoneIt @Tea-Party-Meber  Realy if U cant see that Rayans week arm is a prolbem as well as his gettin sax all the time tehn U R nutz. Mansell can avoid sax and past the ball while on the run. 


U need 2 pay more atentoin 2 the game if U want 2 debate me.