While the Green Bay Packers appear likely to draft a cornerback with one of their early picks, they will also consider prospects at the position in the later rounds and after the draft. In that spirit, the team will meet with Southeast Missouri State corner Mike Ford, according to a source.
A 5-foot-11, 190-pound defensive back, Ford started three seasons for the Redhawks, totaling seven interceptions during his college career. He also played on offense, starting a game at wide receiver and appearing in several others on offense. Ford played alongside edge rusher Kendall Donnerson, who reportedly visited the Packers earlier this week.
Under Ted Thompson, the Packers used their pre-draft visits primarily to meet with prospects expected to come off the board in the late rounds or sign after the draft. Ford appears to fall into this camp given his small-school background.
But while Ford lacks a large profile, he hits most of the Packers’ athletic thresholds for cornerbacks. In addition to his size, Ford unofficially ran a 4.48 second 40-yard dash, jumped 40 inches in the vertical, and posted an 11-foot broad jump at his pro day earlier this week.