During the stretch run of 2013 and so far in the offseason, Auburn's Dee Ford established himself as a likely first-round pick and a potentially dominant pass rusher. Can he compete and compare with Jadeveon Clowney?
Ford definitely thinks so and told Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller on Sirius XM that he's "better" than Clowney. He also said Clowney plays like a "blind dog in a meat market."
"I'm better. Let's put it like this. People like to talk about size all the time. Size is pretty much overrated in my eyes," Ford said. "You can look at guys like Robert Mathis, Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller. These are 6-2 guys and under. People are just looking at the fact that he's a physical specimen. Honestly if you watch the film, he plays like a blind dog in a meat market basically.
"I play with a lot of technique. I watch a lot of film. These are the things I do and it shows up."
Ford also urged anyone that doubts him to "go watch the film."
And I don't know that "blind dog in a meat market" is necessarily a bad thing because it implies violence and aggressiveness, which are good things for pass rushers. But it's definitely not a full-blown compliment.
Calling someone a blind dog just feels like a burn and it's pretty obvious Ford doesn't think Clowney's game is refined.
The bet here is that no matter what people think of Ford, Clowney ends up going higher. And that he'll have something to say in return to Ford when he finds out what his SEC rival said.