New Mexico State
104 tackles, 5 PBU, 3 interceptions
Today we are going to look at a virtually unknown safety prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft. Ron LaForce was a lightly recruited prospect from Alma Bryant HS (Irvington, AL). After high school, LaForce and his high school teammate Connor Cramer enrolled at The College of the Sequoias (Visalia, CA). He had 66 tackles and five interceptions in 2016. LaForce signed with New Mexico State after that season and started 11 games in 2017. He finished with 104 tackles and three interceptions. LaForce recorded 16 stops against an SEC opponent, Arkansas. He notched two picks against arch-rival New Mexico. In helping lead the Aggies to their first bowl win since 1960, Ron LaForce was named the Sun Belt Conference Rookie of the Year and 2nd-team All-Conference.
2017: New Mexico, Troy, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Utah State
Ron LaForce’s size is a bit concerning to me. He is listed at 6’1” (I think that is a bit of a stretch) and 187 pounds. Unless he adds some weight, I am afraid bigger tight ends are going to give him fits if he transitions to the NFL. LaForce also struggles with quick-footed slot receivers when he asked to cover them.
DEEP FRIED DRAFT
Ron LaForce is an interesting case. It seems he would play better in a traditional strong safety role. However, he often lines up as a deep centerfield free safety spot. His size would limit him as an in-the-box player. The progress LaForce can make in 2018 is going to be paramount for his draft projection. As a tackler, he is excellent. LaForce needs to show better in single-up coverage. Special teams will likely be his ticket early in the NFL. An all-star game invite and his Pro Day can answer several questions that I may have as well. Right now, I would likely project him into the 7th round-Priority Free Agent area range. However, that can always improve.
DFD COOKBOOK RECIPE
The first thing I notice about Ron LaForce is that he is fearless. LaForce is not afraid to stick his nose in the pile and get a little dirty. He is quick to identify a play and react. LaForce gets off blocks well and he finishes tackles. The man is in phenomenal cardiological shape. LaForce is constantly running from deep centerfield to cover plays sideline-to-sideline and make tackles.