Photo of Ego Ferguson
Drafted By: Bears
  • Round 2
  • Pick 19
  • Overall 51

Combine Results

Grade
5.46 ?
  • 24 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"They signed Jay Ratliff in free agency. Ferguson is the perfect replacement for when he retires." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 315LBS. Weight
  • 10 3/4" Hands

Overview

Spent the first three years of high school in Maryland before transferring to Hargrave Military Academy as a senior. Redshirted in 2010. Spent his first two seasons at LSU backing up Eagles 2013 third-rounder Bennie Logan. Saw action in 13 games in '11 and managed 13 tackles, one-half tackle for loss and zero sacks with one batted pass. Did not play against Mississippi State. Came off the bench again in '12 and posted 14-1-0 with a pass batted down in 13 contests. Moved into the starting lineup in '13, logging 58-3.5-1 with three batted passes in 12 starts at defensive tackle. Was not allowed to travel to Tampa for the Outback Bowl for medical reasons. Did not work out at the NFL Scouting Combine because of a right ankle injury (medical exclusion).

Analysis

Strengths

Good size, foot speed, balance and athletic ability. Flashes the ability to stack, locate and shed. Bends his knees, redirects efficiently and has good range for a 300-pounder -- flows well laterally. Nice closing speed. Had disruptive potential.

Weaknesses

Needs to get stronger through his core and base. Needs to quicken his hands and use them more violently. Raw counters and pass-rush moves. Power element is missing. Spends too much time idled at the line of scrimmage. Does not dominate single blocks and gets beat up by double teams. Limited two-gap ability. Disappears for long stretches. Only a one-year starter with minimal behind-the-line production.

Draft Projection

Rounds 2-3

Bottom Line

Athletic, raw, developmental three-technique with clear upside, though he is inexperienced, aimless and unrefined at this stage of his development. Needs more glass in his diet and simply does not impact games the way he should. Is likely to test well and be drafted higher than his performance dictates in the hopes a defensive line coach can tap into his potential.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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