THE ROAD TO THE DRAFT
Ahmad Black, SS, Florida
5-foot-9, 184 pounds
Draft projection: Fifth round or later.
Lowdown: Black has everything one would want in a safety – except elite size and speed. He’s tough, quick, instinctive and he’s a leader. He started 39 games for the Gators. He was MVP of the Gators’ 37-24 Outback Bowl win over Penn State. He clinched the game with an 80-yard interception return for a TD with a minute to go. Black played well during Senior Bowl practices, too, but he sat out the game due to illness. Black is an excellent tackler. Black started his career at cornerback but shifted to safety due to a lack of pure speed. He ran a poor 40 time of 4.7 seconds at the combine and then ran 4.75 at the Florida pro day. Will NFL scouts respect all the good game video on Black enough to give him a chance?
“It’s frustrating, but people are always talking about size and speed,” Black said. “The thing is, at the end of the day, it’s about making plays. You’ve got the big guy that’s fast and can make plays and you just want to make more plays than that guy. … Teams may pass on me because of my size, bit the team that picks me up will definitely have something good.”