HT- 6’4” WT- 256 lbs
Year- RS Senior
Recruit- 3 Star
NFL Comp- Bud Dupree
Games Scouted- Vs Western Kentucky (2016), Vs SMU (2017), Vs Mississippi State (2018), Vs Florida Atlantic (2018).
Injury History- None (+1).
Strength/Intensity: Has decent strength and generally tends to be an intense player. Doesn’t go into the snap with a plan of moves, and that limits his game and what I can see tremendously. 18/25.
Run Defense: Average run defender. Doesn’t take good angles and doesn’t read the play well. Often times gets pulled into the wrong gap. Not disciplined. 17/25.
Explosiveness/Burst: Good initial burst, but lack of game plan limits his ability when he engages. Can be explosive, but only seems to be at times. Very spotty with the way he operates. 12/15.
Pass Rushing: All time NCAA career sack leader. That being said, he can be a solid speed rusher on the edge when he can get a solid release. Does not have the necessary bend that is needed to be truly effective. 10/15.
Versatility: Limited on the field to what he can do. I see hs best fit being in a 3-4 defense as a three technique DE. I don’t see much else. Played college in a 4-3 as a DE, but doesn’t have the skill set to be truly effective there at the next level. 5/12.
Leadership/Attitude: Not a high motor player. Struggles to stay involved in a game mentally. Not a good leader. Ferguson saw most of his sacks come against much lesser talent with either a missed assignment or a good first move. Didn’t play elite talent. 4/8.
Overall: Jaylon Ferguson has a lot of potential, but without a real set position that can easily be determined that he will play, it’s going to be hard for a team to bring Ferguson to fruition. He doesn’t have the quickness to play off the edge in a 4-3 defense, and he doesn’t have the coverage skills to play an edge in a 3-4. If Ferguson can ever find his true position, he will be a good NFL Player. 66/100.
Good guy. Wants to be a solid teammate first and lets his guys hold him in check. Has an ego issue that I don’t like too much. (+2).