Updated Sept. 25, 2020
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.
While the college football season is very young, one player who has impressed team sources is Pittsburgh safety Paris Ford. He has interception in both games played thus far and has constantly been around the ball for the Panthers. If it weren't some size concerns, Ford would probably be a sure-fire first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. As it stands, some teams are grading him in the first round and some others have him on Day 2. Even some that grade him on the opening night of the 2021 NFL Draft say they could see him slipping to the second day because of size.
Ford is listed at 6-foot, 190-pounds, which is adequate height but less than ideal weight for a NFL safety. Even though Ford is thinner-framed, he is a physical defender who hits hard and is not afraid to tackle. In 2019, Ford led Pittsburgh in tackles with 97 while also recording three interceptions, three forced fumbles and 11 passes broken up. He has this season off to a good start, having collected seven tackles and two interceptions through two games.
Some team sources believe that Ford could slip to the second round because of his size, but they feel he is a pure football player who is worthy of going on the opening night of 2021 NFL Draft for what he does on the field. It would help Ford to gain some weight before pre-draft workouts and maintain that size for the next level, but even without it, he has pro evaluators very excited and optimistic over his NFL potential because they believe he is a pure football player.