Canadian quarterback Tre Ford invited to Baltimore Ravens rookie mini-camp

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Canadian quarterback Tre Ford has been invited to the Baltimore Ravens rookie mini-camp, per sources.

The Ravens currently have quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Tyler Huntley on the roster while Baltimore signed the University of Oregon’s Anthony Brown to an undrafted free agent contract.

Ford went unselected in the 2022 NFL Draft, but the testing metrics are undeniable: he was the fastest and most athletic quarterback in the class.

During the University at Buffalo’s pro day in March, Ford ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash while recording a 36-inch vertical and a 10-foot, five-inch broad jump. At the CFL Combine later in March, he checked in at five-foot-11-and-a-half and 199 pounds while posting 17 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

After his performance at the Merchie Family Fieldhouse in Western New York — just over 30 minutes away from his hometown of Niagara Falls — approximately 24 NFL teams reached out about Ford, according to University of Waterloo head coach Chris Bertoia. Ford also was invited and participated in the Buffalo Bills local pro day on Friday, April 8.

Before Ford performed live in front of NFL scouts in Buffalo, Bertoia had Zoom meetings with the Arizona Cardinals and Washington Commanders. Prior to the 2021 U Sports schedule kicking off, which was shortened to six regular season games due to the coronavirus pandemic, a handful of NFL teams called Bertoia regarding Ford.

Ford earned the Hec Crighton Trophy as the best player in Canadian university football this past season after completing 63 percent of his passes for 1,770 yards with 12 touchdowns against six interceptions while rushing 66 times for 667 yards (10.1 yards per carry) and three touchdowns in seven games, including one in the playoffs.

The 24-year-old had his best statistical U Sports season in 2018 when he completed 74 percent of his passes for 3,093 yards with 30 touchdowns versus two interceptions while rushing 85 times for 771 yards (nine yards per carry) and four touchdowns in eight regular season games and one in the playoffs.

Ford becomes the first U Sports QB to earn an NFL rookie mini-camp invite since 2019 when Michael O’Connor took part with the Seattle Seahawks.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.