Silver Spotlight: Jacoby Ford
- WIDE RECEIVER
- No: 12
- Height: 5-9
- Weight: 185
- Birth date: 07/27/1987
- College: CLEMSON
- Acquired: Selected in the 4TH round (109th overall) of the 2010 NFL Entry Draft
The Oakland Raiders traded up to the 109th overall slot in the 2010 draft to take the speedster out of Clemson. In 2008-09, Jacoby Ford was a NCAA 60-meters indoor champion and had a streak of 18 straight victories in 60 and 100-meter races as a collegiate.
Ford started 27-of-48 games at Clemson, catching 143 passes for 1,986 yards and sixteen touchdowns. He also carried the ball 58 times for 494 yards and two scores. The return specialist tallied 479-yards and two touchdowns in 49 punt return attempts.
In his senior season, he started at flanker leading the team with a career high 56-receptions for 779 yards. He also carried the football 18-times for 122 yards.
In Oakland, he’ll try to polish his route running and become more of a consistent target for a team in need of an upgrade and explosion at wide receiver. His size makes him a good option in the slot, in an attempt to lose him in traffic, get him in space, giving him the football in the open field on shorter routes in order for the swift playmaker to use his speed and mimic similar situations that occur during returns. Tom Cable has stated that he expects Ford to compete for both punt and kickoff return duties.