Jazz Ferguson

Northwestern State-Louisiana
WO17

Prospect Info

College
Northwestern State-Louisiana
Hometown
Class
St. Francisville, LA
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
227 lbs
34 1/4”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.80
Backup/special-teamer
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.45
Seconds
 
Bench Press
8
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
37.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
123.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.25
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.59
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 

Playlist

Ferguson had another year of eligibility available to him after the 2018 season but decided to join his older brother, Jaylon, as a 2019 NFL Draft prospects. While Jaylon wreaked havoc in opponents' backfields during his career at Louisiana Tech, Jazz's career on offense had more ups and downs. He was a four-star recruit from St. Francisville, Louisiana, before signing with LSU. He played in two games as a freshman (no statistics) and sophomore (2-17-8.5 in seven games with one start) but was suspended during 2016 after a failed drug test and also struggled to complete his academic work. He transferred to NSU before the 2017 season for a change in scenery and redshirted that fall to get his grades in order. Ferguson finally got his chance to shine with the Demons in 2018, catching 66 passes for 1,117 yards (16.9 average) and 13 touchdowns. He was named a third-team Associated Press All-American and Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year for his efforts.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
NFL Comparison
Ramses Barden
Overview
Former four-star recruit who began his career at LSU but took flight in his lone season at Northwestern State after transferring. Ferguson is a big target with instinctive feel for body positioning, which tilts contested catches in his favor. He's too reliant upon his physical gifts and needs more schooling and route polish, but he could find a back-end roster spot with a chance to work his way up the depth chart with time.
Strengths
  • Good size on his long frame and uses it to body defenders
  • Praised for attitude adjustment after departing from LSU
  • Had six games of 100-plus yards, including four catches for 129 yards versus Texas A&M
  • Effective slap-and-slide inside release against press
  • Can wear cornerbacks out if they aren't aggressively challenging his position
  • Will get physical at top of his route to create space
  • Long arms and leaping ability offer ridiculous catch radius up top
  • Displays instincts and plus balls skills as a pass catcher
  • Creates the contact to create the clearance before catch
  • Makes concerted effort as stalk-blocker in run and screen game
  • Engages and looks to turn and drive cornerbacks off their spot as blocker
Weaknesses
  • Needs more refinement getting into routes versus press
  • Leggy release creates opportunities for NFL cornerbacks to jam him up
  • Lack of maturity and accountability helped push him out of LSU
  • Overly reliant upon size and athletic ability against lower level of competition
  • Will plow into off-man coverage rather than adjusting his routes cleanly
  • Tests faster than he plays
  • Lacks early acceleration for plus separation
  • Suffers from occasional focus drops and double catches
GRADE
8.0
The perfect prospect
7.3-7.5
Perennial All-Pro
7.0-7.1
Pro Bowl talent
6.7-6.8
Year 1 quality starter
6.5
Boom or bust prospect
6.3-6.4
Will be starter within first two seasons
6.1-6.2
Good backup who could become starter
6.0
Developmental traits-based prospect
5.8-5.9
Backup/special-teamer
5.5-5.6
Chance to make end of roster or practice squad
5.4
Priority free agent
5.0-5.1
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league