RILEY FERGUSON

Memphis
QB

Prospect Info

College
Memphis
Hometown
Class
Matthews, NC
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
212 lbs
30 7/8”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.15
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.98
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
29.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
110.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.96
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.4
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Ferguson had a chance to be a starter in the SEC, signing with Tennessee after a successful high school career (8,000 passing yards, two state titles). He suffered a broken tibia in his first year, having to redshirt the 2013 season. Ferguson was battling for the job in spring of 2014, but decided to not return to Knoxville the next fall (without letting anyone know of his plans). After working a couple of jobs at home in North Carolina during 2014, he got a second chance to play ball at Coffeyville Community College. Ferguson was an honorable mention All-American in his one season there (2,942 yards, 35 touchdowns, 67.8 completion percentage) before signing with the Tigers. Ferguson led Memphis' offense by completing 63 percent of his 443 throws for 3,698 yards, 32 touchdowns, and just 10 interceptions. His ability to lead a team, move within the pocket, and deliver accurate passes to all parts of the field have scouts intrigued.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
NFL Comparison
Brandon Doughty
Overview
Originally a Tennessee Vols signee, Ferguson has done a nice job of finding his footing despite playing for two offensive coordinators in his two seasons at Memphis. His thin frame combined with lapses in pocket poise make it tough to see him becoming anything more than a mid-level backup in the pros.
Strengths
  • Drops are quick and setup in pocket is crisp
  • Plays in attacking offense with almost 40 percent of his pass attempts were beyond ten yards
  • Looks comfortable in play-action and bootlegs from pistol
  • Careful to square shoulders to throw whether rolling in either direction
  • Will scan all three levels for best target option when he's on the move
  • Good touchdown to interception rate
  • Has ability to make touch throws over the top of lurking linebackers in middle of the field
  • Effective and accurate with timing routes
  • Will put extra air under deep throws to help receivers when forced to get rid of it early
  • Throws pretty back shoulder fade
Weaknesses
  • Slightly built and could struggle to hold up to pocket punishment
  • Leads linebackers into passing lanes with stares
  • Release slowed by a windup
  • Lacks release speed and velocity for tight window challenges
  • Ball placement is inconsistent
  • Targets forced to slow feet or reach behind them on crossing routes
  • Way too nonchalant with short throws
  • Too quick to cut it loose rather than letting route develop
  • Shows signs of pocket panic and may feel more pressure than is there
  • Drops eyes and looks to bail rather than sliding
  • Makes off-balance, ill-advised throws when under duress
  • Lacks plus escapability as a scrambler

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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