One of the most fascinating players who fell out of the 2021 NFL draft is safety Paris Ford. He is a raw passionate player who has not yet found the happy medium. But the LA Rams have been incredibly successful at harnessing the passion of young men, focusing that diffused energy onto the football field, and into the next play.
Ford is one such player. He has all of the size necessary to be impactful in the NFL, standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 197-pounds. He has plenty of ball-hawking skills, as he is headsy enough to recognize routes and offensive strategies, and has the speed to get to the ball before the receiver does. He has plenty of work to do in getting stronger, following through with his hits, and even wrapping up the ball carrier and tackling. Of course, many young men have that list of To-Dos upon arriving in the NFL.
One man who arrives ready is LA Rams All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald. He was back in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where John McGonigal of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette caught up to him for a video and an interview:
That continued on to feature Aaron Donald commenting on the performance so far of Pitt Panther’s Paris Ford:
"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: You mentioned DeWayne. Another guy you’ve worked a lot with through him is Paris. With him getting out to L.A., what’s it like having him a part of the Rams’ organization? Aaron Donald: I’ve been hearing a lot of good things. I wasn’t there, but I’ve been hearing a lot of good things as far as how he’s been doing. But once you put some pads on, he’s got to do a lot more and make a name for himself. But anything I can do to help him, I’m there. He just has to come up and talk to me. If it’s the playbook or something else I can do, I’m for sure going to be there to help him. I hope he makes the team. And I know at the end of the day the type of football player he is. He can help us."
Sounds like a pretty good endorsement. for this early in training camp, particularly for an undrafted defensive back. He already has a pre-made mentor on the team so far. That often leads to good things later on.