Canadian QB Tre Ford runs 4.45 forty-yard dash at Buffalo pro day, drawing NFL attention

Photo courtesy: University of Waterloo Athletics

The University of Waterloo has posted testing numbers for quarterback Tre Ford and defensive back Tyrell Ford from the University of Buffalo’s pro day on Thursday and they are excellent.

Tre ran a 4.45 forty-yard dash, leapt 36 inches in the vertical jump, and recorded a ten-foot, five-inch broad jump. Tyrell narrowly edged out his twin brother in each of the testing events with a 4.44 forty-yard dash, 36.5-inch vertical jump, and a ten-foot, six-inch broad jump. He also performed 17 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

The quarterback had his best U Sports season in 2018 when he threw for 2,822 yards, 27 touchdowns, and two interceptions while rushing 74 times for 641 yards and two touchdowns. He was awarded the Hec Crighton Trophy in 2021 as the top player in U Sports football after throwing for 1,770 yards, 12 touchdowns, and six interceptions while rushing for 667 yards and three touchdowns in seven games.

The defensive back was named an All-Canadian twice and made 12.5 tackles, two pass breakups, and one interception in 2021. He had 15 knockdowns and six interceptions through four seasons with the black and gold and set the single-game OUA record for punt return yards with 264 in 2017.

Tre is currently ranked sixth on the CFL’s scouting bureau rankings ahead of the 2022 CFL Draft, while Tyrell is ranked ninth. Both players were top-ten selections in John Hodge’s first mock draft.

Photo courtesy: University of Buffalo

There were representatives from 25 different CFL and NFL teams at the Murchie Family Fieldhouse for the event. TSN’s Dave Naylor reported that the prevailing belief is that Tre will be under contract with an NFL team this upcoming season.

Broad consensus from scouts who watched Tre Ford throw today that he will not be at a @CFL camp in May. He appears to be the rare @USPORTSca QB who will get a shot at the @NFL first.

The fastest quarterback at the 2022 NFL Combine was Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder, who ran a 4.52 forty-yard dash. Ford and Ridder produced identical results in the vertical jump (36 inches) and broad jump (127 inches).

Five different Canadian quarterbacks have been drafted by NFL teams but Daniel Feraday is the only one to be selected out of U Sports. The University of Toronto product was a twelfth-round selection of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1982. Western pivot Jamie Bone was also signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 1980.