Senior Bowl: One-tool standouts, NFL fits


MOBILE, Ala. -- The North and South teams both had two-hour practices Tuesday in preparation for the Senior Bowl, and several of the players who stood out did so for not necessarily having the most well-rounded games, but for showcasing talents and abilities that will make them coveted by NFL teams for specific roles.

Let’s take a look at four guys who fit the description of being very strong in one area, along with NFL player comparisons and NFL team (and scheme) fits for each.

Dee Ford, Auburn Tigers

Role: Pass-rushing specialist

NFL comparison: Jerry Hughes, Buffalo Bills

NFL fits: Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys

Ford played defensive end at Auburn, although it’s likely that he’ll make the transition to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Regardless of what scheme he plays in, the one thing he’s going to be able to do is serve as an edge rusher.