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Combine Results

Grade
5.39 ?
  • 4.48 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 21 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'9" Height
  • 30" Arm Length
  • 198LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

Ferguson never had a 1,000-rushing yard season in his career, but he's been invaluable to Illinois' offense when given the chance. He produced more than 1,000 yards of total offense in 2013 and 2014, including 1,162 as a junior (735 rushing, 427 receiving on 50 receptions), and scored 21 total touchdowns in 2013-2014. Ferguson missed three games with a shoulder injury as a senior, but still nearly reached four digits of rushing-receiving yards (988 total, five TD). Ferguson isn't the biggest back in the draft class, but his explosiveness and elusiveness are perfect for teams looking for a dual threat in the backfield.

Analysis

Strengths

Electric short-area acceleration from one of the most "sudden" backs in this draft. Possesses tremendously quick feet and seems to glide rather than run. Can make cuts on a dime. Can string together move after move with subtle direction changes, sharp jump cuts and wicked spin moves. Tacklers spend more time corralling him than hitting him with clean shots. Blazing speed to turn the corner and hit a "chunk yardage" run. Dangerous weapon in the passing game. Used to mismatch linebackers in coverage and was able to run away from them out of his breaks and after the catch. Can adjust to difficult throws in space and has desired hands to become a factor from the slot.

Weaknesses

Smallish scat back who would much rather bounce his run outside than commit between the tackles. Unable to break tackles and finish runs falling forward. Fumbled the ball an astounding six times over 145 carries in 2014 with an additional fumble as a receiver. Has lapses of indecisiveness and vision fails him at times. At times, will do too much dancing if there isn’t a clearly blocked running lane. Always looking to hit a big play rather than understanding when to let a play go.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5 or 6

NFL Comparison

Ronnie Hillman

Bottom Line

Small and lean waterbug of a running back. Ferguson's ability to change direction instantaneously and create explosive yardage as a runner or pass catcher could make him a dangerous weapon in the hands of the right NFL team. Ferguson has the hands and route running potential to be considered as a slot receiver option to go along with being a change of pace back. Ferguson won't rack up a high number of touches in the pros, but he has the playmaking ability to make a game-changing play here or there.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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