Former Oklahoma OT Cody Ford is happy to be in Buffalo. Ford, who was selected in the second round by Bills after Buffalo moved up two spots(traded a second and fifth round pick to Raiders), was excited to hear the Bills call his name.
“One of the local reporters came up to me, and he was asking me about the process and things,” Ford said at a press conference on Saturday. “He asked which team I thought would be the best fit and where I wanted to play. I told him, I was like, “I really want to go to Buffalo.” And he was like, “Nobody wants to go to Buffalo.” And I was like, I was just feeling it right now. Me and the O-line coach [Bobby Johnson] really hit it off. We had multiple meetings between the combine and pro day. It was just a great interaction with him. I could just see that this program is headed in the right direction.”
Ford cites his relationship with Bills OL coach Bobby Johnson as one of the reasons he wanted to be with the Bills.
“Mainly, his coaching style kind of resembles the coaching style I’ve been used to,” Ford said about Johnson. “And what he expects from his players is kind of what I bring to the table. And just the family atmosphere here is kind of what really made me be like I want to go to Buffalo.”
At 6-3 and 329 pounds, Ford is a load, and before last season, Ford was a guard, and some believe he is better suited to play that position on the next level, but according to Ford, he believes he can play on the outside in the NFL.
“For me, it’s all about proving myself and proving to people what I can do,” Ford said. “For Buffalo allowing me to start out at right tackle, giving me a chance to prove my myself and prove my athleticism and everything I can prove at the tackle position to everybody else is a great honor. And then if need be, if they need me inside then I’ll move inside because I’m here to win football games.”
And Bills GM Brandon Beane agrees with Ford, he thinks Ford belongs on the outside.
I would say position one for us right now would be right tackle, but we do like the versatility to go inside,” Beane said during a conference call on Friday. “He’s smart and physical and would be fine in there.”
In 2018, Ford started 14 games for Oklahoma, and was a third-team All-American.
It’s not every day that players want to be in Buffalo, but the Bills seem to be moving in the right direction, and Cody Ford hopes to keep it going in that direction.