Dee Ford ‘not going to shoot myself in the foot again,' refrains to comment on Jadeveon Clowney

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 4, 2014 

AUBURN, Ala.Dee Ford stirred up controversy during his time at the combine two weeks ago when asked for his take on Jadeveon Clowney.

During an interview with Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller on Sirius XM, Ford plainly stated he was “better” than the highly-regarded South Carolina defensive end. Ford went on to say that size is “overrated.”

While Clowney’s 6-foot-5, 266-pound frame towers over Ford (at 6-foot-2 and 244 pounds), Ford noted that a diminutive stature hasn’t hindered other All-Pro NFL defensive linemen.

“You can look at guys like Robert Mathis, Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller. These are 6-2 guys and under,” Ford said. “People are just looking at the fact that (Clowney is) 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."

Clowney’s name surfaced against Tuesday. After Ford surpassed Clowney in the bench press — doing 29 reps compared to the 21 the Gamecock posted at the combine — Auburn’s top pass-rusher this past season was asked how it felt.

It was a discussion he had no interest delving into.

"Feel free to compare if you want, but I think I did great and I think he did great,” … (But) it is what it is. He still did great. I'm not going to shoot myself in the foot again.”

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