Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech
It has been a whirlwind of a pre-draft process for pass rusher Jaylon Ferguson out of Louisiana Tech. After breaking the NCAA record for most sacks in a career, he Ferguson found himself in the conversation as a potential first round pick.
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It was all downhill for Ferguson, starting with the Senior Bowl where he did not do anything to stand out among the other participants or to wow NFL scouts or general managers. While he may have seen his stock slip a little at that point, he was still considered a fringe first rounder. Then Ferguson had his combine invite revoked after some digging had found he was involved in a physical altercation in a McDonald’s parking lot his freshman year of college.
With his future riding on his pro day, Ferguson failed to impress, and much to his own demise, he ran a horrendous 8.08 second 3-cone drill, showing a severe lack of agility. While Ferguson has ideal size at over 6’4½ and 271 pounds, his 40 yard dash time of 4.82 seconds, a vertical of an average 32 inches, and broad jump of over 9 feet will do nothing to separate him from the pack.
As a result, Ferguson may see his name called in the late second round or early third round of the draft. If he remains on the board with the 70th pick in the draft, the Buccaneers could have Ferguson in their sights.