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OU football: Cody Ford drafted in second round by Buffalo Bills

Oklahoma offensive lineman Cody Ford was selected by the Buffalo Bills with the 38 overall pick Friday in the second round of the NFL draft. 

Ford started all 14 games for the Sooners last season at right tackle. The 6-foot-4 and 329-pound prospect from Pineville, Louisiana could slot in as a guard or tackle at the next level. 

"You could tell he had the potential to be an NFL player, but really surprised that he developed into a first-round pick," Robbie Martin, Ford’s high school coach, said. "He exceeded expectations in college. Coach (Bill) Bedenbaugh told me from his first year, 'This guy’s gonna make a lot of money playing this game one day.' I’ve been hoping for it, and now it seems to be coming true."

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. projected Ford to be picked 14th overall, making him one of the highest-rated prospects available on Day 2 of the draft. 

Ford is the first of four OU offensive linemen who are expected to be drafted this weekend in Nashville. Together they won the Joe Moore Award, given to the best offensive line in the country. 

Ford was named offensive scout team player of the year in 2015. His redshirt freshman season was limited to just three games as he suffered a broken fibula against Ohio State. 

He played in 26 games, making 18 starts, in his last two seasons. Ford was named All Big 12 first-team by the league’s coaches last season and was a third-team AP All-American. 

“Ford offers a rare combination of physical and athletic traits that will have NFL teams dreaming of his upside,” NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote. 

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Oklahoma guard Cody Ford poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Buffalo Bills selected Ford during the second round of the NFL football draft, Friday, April 26, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Oklahoma guard Cody Ford poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Buffalo Bills selected Ford during the second round of the NFL football draft, Friday, April 26, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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