Jacoby Ford: The Oakland Raiders Newest Late Round Gem

Patrick MitchellCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Jacoby Ford #12 of the Oakland Raiders catches the ball while defended by Chris Clemons #30 of the Miami Dolphins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Everybody knew Jacoby Ford was going to be an Oakland Raider from the second he finished his 40-yard dash at the combine with a 4.28, the only question was what round would the Raiders take him in?  Many expected him to the be the Raiders second round pick but they waited patiently and took him in the fourth round.

Since then its just been getting better each week.

Ford's first real big impact came in the game against Kansas City.  He came up big starting with the opening kickoff of the second half.  He took the kick and returned it 94-yards for a touchdown.  That was the spark the Raiders needed to get back in the game.  Also, Ford was making every play he possibly could, he racked up 148 yards on six catches.

Seeing Ford do that, and following it up with another huge day with 108 yards and a TD on four catches against Miami made me wonder, have the Raiders found their newest late round gem?  

People can say what they want about the Raiders draft strategy in past years, but they always seem to find somebody in later rounds who makes a huge impact.  There was Zach Miller, Louis Murphy, Michael Bush and now Ford.  

Not only has Ford helped out the Raiders, he has been very clutch for them too.

Whenever the Raiders needed a big play, Ford was there making something out of nothing.  

Two big plays were in the Kansas City game.  First, he rips the ball out of a Chief defender's hands, and then he followed that up with another huge catch in overtime that set up the game winning drive.  Right now Ford is putting up better numbers than last year's first-round pick, Darrius Heyward-Bey.  

Jacoby Ford seems to be one of the Raiders new up and coming stars, and Raider Nation is very excited about this explosive rookie and we can't wait to see what he comes up with in the future.