The Buffalo Bills are in a position where they don't have any glaring needs. On the offensive line, Cody Ford would have a chance to develop his game while potentially starting at guard or tackle for the Bills. Ford isn't a plug-and-play player teams don’t have to worry about, but he is good enough to start right away and with some help could be a long-term starter.
Ford offers a rare blend of size, power and mobility that makes him a high upside blocker in the NFL. Coming from a dominant Oklahoma offensive line, Ford has the traits of a right tackle but could slide inside to guard where his ceiling might be higher. In either spot, Ford must cleanup technical issues with his hands, body control and pass sets to reach his ceiling. A one year starter in college, Ford had a dominant season but will likely need time to develop before starting in the NFL unless his physical tools prove to be enough to overcome areas of concern.
Ford offers a rare combination of physical and athletic traits that will have NFL teams dreaming of his upside. He is raw and relatively inexperienced as a starting tackle with exploitable holes that will need to be patched before he can thrive in the pros. As a tackle, he’s a developmental, high-risk/reward talent. The safer (and better?) route might be to play him as a guard where he will face less exposure in pass protection and where his size and athleticism should allow him to become a plus run-blocker fairly quickly.
Ford started his first three games at left guard in 2016 before breaking his fibula, his only major injury history. By 2018, Ford was the starting right tackle during all 14 games for Oklahoma. At ninth overall, it would be a reach to draft Ford. If a trade partner comes about from now until draft night and the Bills could move into the back half of the first round, Ford would be one of the best offensive linemen in the draft.