The Green Bay Packers have added a lot of talent to their defensive line this offseason.
That includes seventh-round pick Jonathan Ford, who will be competing for a spot on the 53-man roster this summer.
Given the team’s incredible depth along the defensive line, it won’t be easy. But can Ford make the roster?
Ford played in eight games for Miami last season, making 14 tackles and one tackle for loss.
Will he make the roster?
It won’t be easy, but Ford absolutely has a chance to make the Packers’ initial 53-man roster this summer.
In recent years, Green Bay has kept either five or six defensive linemen. Ford will likely need it to be the latter this year to have a shot.
Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, Jarran Reed, Devonte Wyatt, and TJ Slaton are all likely roster locks. If the Packers keep six defensive linemen, Ford will be in the mix for the final spot.
The fact he is a draft pick helps, but Ford will need to make the most of his opportunities over the summer. If he impresses during training camp and in the preseason, he will have a shot of making the 53.
Whether he can play well on special teams could make all the difference.
What to expect in 2022
If Ford does make the Packers’ roster, he will likely have a limited role on defense. Green Bay has great depth along the defensive line, having added talent this offseason.
Where he will need to make an impact initially is on special teams. The good news is that Ford does have special teams experience, and there is every chance the Packers drafted him with this in mind.
Green Bay’s special teams was the league’s worst in 2021. This is an area the team desperately needs to improve.
If Ford can help on special teams, his chances of making the 53-man roster and contributing as a rookie will rise dramatically. If he misses the 53, Ford could end up on the practice squad.