Dee Ford scratched at combine

INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Auburn defensive end Dee Ford did not work out as scheduled Monday at the NFL scouting combine because of unspecified medical reasons.

Ford was formally scratched from the workout for a "medical exclusion" after defensive linemen arrived at Lucas Oil Stadium to go through on-field work that included the 40-yard dash and vertical jump as well as agility and position-specific drills.

He did not reference any injury in a media gathering Sunday at the combine but acknowledged Monday that he received the exclusion due to a lower-back issue related to an operation he had in 2011.

Ford had 10.5 sacks this past season for the Tigers, who won the SEC championship before losing to Florida State in the BCS title game. He made some waves recently when he took on Jadeveon Clowney in a radio interview. In an appearance on SiriusXM, Ford said he's better than Clowney, comparing the former South Carolina star to a "blind dog in a meat market."

"I'm better [than Clowney]," Ford said. "Let's put it like this: People like to talk about size all the time. Size is pretty much overrated in my eyes.

"You can look at guys like Robert Mathis, Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller. These are 6-2 guys and under. People are just looking at the fact that [Clowney, who is 6-foot-5ΒΌ] is a physical specimen. Honestly, if you watch the film, he plays like a blind dog in a meat market basically."

Clowney was tabbed as the top overall draft prospect by Scouts Inc. and was projected by ESPN Insider Todd McShay to go No. 1 to the Houston Texans in his latest mock draft.

Ford is listed as the No. 37 overall draft prospect by Scouts Inc. Auburn has a pro day scheduled for March 4.