Jerome Ford, Cincinnati
Cincinnati running back Jerome Ford is one of the more exciting running backs in this year's class. He has a knack for finding the endzone and is a strong runner.
Ford split his four collegiate seasons between Alabama and Cincinnati. Ford spent his first two seasons at Alabama where he fought for playtime. He played just eight games and recorded 151 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries.
After transferring to Cincinnati, Ford was able to prove how good he could be. In 2020, he played in 10 games. In this time, he ran for 483 yards and eight touchdowns.
After earning starting duties in 2021, Ford set career-highs in every category. He racked up 1,319 rushing yards, 19 touchdowns, and averaged 6.2 yards per carry on 214 attempts. He also led the AAC in rushing.
Throughout last season, there were points where Ford struggled to find his rhythm within the offense. There were several games where the running game was non-existent for him.
There were also times when Ford seemed unstoppable. He had a two-week stretch where he recorded 338 rushing yards and six touchdowns on just 35 carries. Over these two games, he averaged 9.6 yards per carry.
Ford will enter the NFL with just one year as a starter under his belt, but he has more than proven what he can do. Between his blend of speed and power, and his ability to make a big play, Ford can be productive at the next level given time. While he may be a rotational back at the moment, he could eventually turn into a lead back in the near future.