Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Patrick Ford: I feel my greatest strengths include my physical style of play. I am not afraid to go out there and mix it up. I like to hit and get dirty. I am very intelligent and pick up new systems fast as well as identifying what the defense is throwing at us and how to adjust to things quickly. I am very versatile as I have played RG, LG, LT and TE.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Patrick Ford: Coming from a small school and being under the radar I want to prove myself to everyone. Not a lot of people know about me because they haven’t seen Eastern Kentucky on national television. I want to show everyone that I am a good player and can play at the top level and that players from our conference and our school are qualified enough to get there. I want to prove I can play good football and do whatever it takes to make a roster. Eventually I want to be a starter, but I just want to focus on getting to the NFL first.
Scott Porter: Is there an NFL player that you watch or model your game after?
Patrick Ford: I like to look at a smaller school guy like myself and former teammate Derek Hardaman now with the Buccaneers. He was a big influence on me in college. Derek showed me what it takes to succeed. He gave me the advice to not watch the QB and RB and worry about what they are doing but rather study as much as I can on what the OL are working on and what they have to do so the QB and RB can do their thing. I see his success and it makes me want it even more. He took me under his wing while we were teammates at Eastern Kentucky.
Scott Porter: What are your greatest football accomplishments?
Patrick Ford: My Junior year I was first team all conference. My senior year I made 2nd team. What was remarkable and honorable about that was I only played 7 quarters the entire season. That meant a lot to me because I thought I had no chance to even be considered for that. I had torn my ACL at the start of the season and to be looked at as that good of a player to earn that in 7 quarters was remarkable to me. Another accomplishment was putting Eastern Kentucky on the map so to speak. We were 15th in the country and we went 8-3. I felt I was part of a team that sort of restored the tradition here at Eastern Kentucky.
Scott Porter: Who has been your biggest influence?
Patrick Ford: Derek Hardaman early on my my career as I talked about before, but recently my teammate Aaron Adams. He was our RT and we came in the same year. We have been at Eastern Kentucky 5 years together and roommates from day one. We do everything together. He and I are now experiencing the opportunity to try and make an NFL roster now. It is great to be there for each other.
Scott Porter: What will you be doing from now until draft time to prepare yourself?
Patrick Ford: I tore my ACL last season so I am staying at Eastern Kentucky to rehab that. I am focusing on getting healthy right now so that I can be at full speed for a rookie mini camp.
Scott Porter: Why should an NFL team give Patrick Ford an opportunity?
Patrick Ford: Ever since I was a kid I have had a great work ethic and worked hard for whatever I wanted in life. I am very coachable and I learn quickly. I have a very good football IQ and when you combine those packs of attributes I think you will see a lot of success. I will work as hard as I am asked to help my team win games.
Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
Patrick Ford: Right now I am still taking classes to get my masters degree. So I have been busy finishing my degree. I like to go outside and see nature. We have some land back home, it is nice to just get out and enjoy the outdoors life when you can.
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