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Dee Ford matches Jadeveon Clowney at Auburn pro day

Ford was out to impress
Ford was out to impress.

Dee Ford caused controversy at last week's NFL Scouting Combine when claiming he was superior to South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney.

But after questioning the ability of his defensive end rival, Ford was unable to put numbers up after being withdrawn from the Combine on medical grounds - a back injury ruling him out of drills.

Today though, Ford was out to impress watching NFL teams at Auburn's pro day.

And impress he did.

The 22-year old showed both his speed and his power in the various drills.

He posted a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10' 4" long jump, an impressive 29 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and 40-yard dash times of 4.59 and 4.54 - just 0.01 seconds off Clowney's Combine time.

Ford's stats were equal, if not better, to Clowney in some areas however - the South Carolina man managed just 21 reps in Indianapolis and a vertical jump that was identical to Ford despite standing several inches higher.

Ford still has some work to do if he is truly to be considered a better option than the physical imposing Clowney, but with all 32 NFl teams rumored to be present in Auburn he has certainly announced his presence ahead of May's draft.

Ford will be hoping to be a solid first-round pick in the Draft after this workout, and a standout Senior Bowl performance, have put him in the minds of several teams looking for a defensive impact.

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