Jaylon Ferguson

Louisiana Tech
EDGE

Prospect Info

College
Louisiana Tech
Hometown
Class
Saint Francisville, LA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
271 lbs
34 1/2”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.85
Chance to Become NFL Starter
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The Bulldogs kept Ferguson in Louisiana despite his all-state senior season, and the move paid off as he became the FBS record-holder with 45 career sacks. He started five times as a true freshman, receiving honorable mention All-Conference USA honors by leading the team with 15 tackles for loss and tying for the lead with six sacks. Ferguson continued tearing up C-USA backfields as a sophomore, starting all 14 games and compiling 49 stops, 16 for loss, and tying for third nationally with 14.5 sacks. He earned first-team all-conference honors in 2017, when he started 11 of 12 games played (39 tackles, 9.5 for loss, seven sacks). Ferguson ended his career with an Associated Press third-team All-American senior campaign, leading the nation with 17.5 sacks (2.5 in the Hawai'i Bowl) and ranked in the top five with 26 tackles for loss. He finished the year with 64 stops, three pass breakups, and two forced fumbles in 13 games for the Bulldogs.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2
NFL Comparison
Marcus Davenport
Overview
Extremely productive edge defender with an NFL-caliber frame that continues to take shape. Ferguson plays with good toughness at the point of attack and became a much more disruptive run defender as the season progressed. He appears to have average athletic traits but benefits from an instinctive pass-rush approach. His pro day was somewhat disappointing and he'll need to maintain better lean muscle mass. He'll likely be targeted as an even-front defensive end with potential to become a good NFL starter.
Strengths
  • Recorded impressive, high-impact production over all four years
  • More than 27% of his career tackles were for a loss
  • Got bigger and stronger from 2017 to 2018
  • Quick to diagnose with springy lateral quickness to defeat block intentions
  • Stout at point of attack displays length and play strength to set hard edges
  • Able to unhinge from blocks with spin move and violent hands
  • Ability to play through edge blocks using burst and lower-body power
  • Varies pass-rush approach with go-to moves for all angles of attack
  • Flurrying hands in forward charge induces balance issues for offensive tackles
  • Instinctive rusher who can transition rush to inside or outside edge
  • Plays with forward lean and powerful rip-and-run move around the edge
  • Flashes capacity to convert speed to power as a pro
Weaknesses
  • Will need to make sure weight gain is "good" weight
  • Scouts say effort level didn't appear to be as high early in the year
  • Added mass might have cost him some burst and speed
  • Could struggle to chase and close out outside run plays
  • Average flexion in lower body causes tendency to play with elevated pad level
  • Loses leverage battle when he fails to strike and lock out early
  • Upright attack limits effectiveness of inside moves
  • Has go-to moves but needs to develop sustainable rush counters to pair with them
  • Hard-charging, downhill approach to quarterback hinders body control to corral pocket climbers

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GRADE
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