Former Seahawk Ford Makes Most Of First NFL Start

Leading up to the NFL Draft, Texas coach Tom Herman predicted Poona Ford would be “a 10-year starter in the league.”

The undrafted rookie certainly made the most of his first opportunity.

Ford, a former Hilton Head High standout who went on to earn Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year honors for Herman at Texas, made his first career start Sunday in the Seattle Seahawks’ 43-16 win over the San Francisco 49ers, and his performance is earning rave reviews.

USA Today’s Seahawks Wire said Ford had a “quietly excellent” game, as he recorded four solo tackles and a quarterback pressure in a career-high 28 snaps. Pro Football Focus gave Ford an 89.7 grade, which was the second-highest on the Seahawks’ defense behind linebacker Bobby Wagner.

Ford’s season grade of 83.5 would rank 16th in the NFL among interior linemen if he had played enough snaps to qualify.

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