Isaiah Ford, arguably Virginia Tech's top all-time receiver, announced he will forgo his senior season and head to the NFL.
Ford joins Hokies' redshirt junior WR/TE Bucky Hodges in pursuit of an NFL career.
NFLDraftScout.com ranks Ford as the 70th overall draft prospect and No. 8 WR. WalterFootball.com ranks Ford the No. 11 overall WR.
Speed is the No. 1 attribute that the junior brings to the table. Ford is a vertical wideout who stretches a defense over the top. He is quick to get separation out of his breaks and can burn past college corners running go routes. Ford is a speed receiver, but I'm not sure that he is a rare burner like Will Fuller.
There are a few things that Ford can show improvement upon in 2016. First of all, he does a lot of body catching. Ford needs to use his hands more to reel passes in and secure them. He also is a lanky receiver who could stand to add more strength. That will help him to get off jams in the NFL.
Ford shredded Virginia Tech's receiving records during his three years in Blacksburg. The Jacksonville, Florida product set single-season school records for receptions (79), receiving yards (1,164), and receiving touchdowns (11). In 2016 he solidified himself as Hokies' career record holding in the three aforementioned categories (210 catches, 2,967 yards, and 24 TDs).
Throughout the program's history, only two Virginia Tech wide receivers tallied 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Both are named Isaiah Ford.