2019 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Jazz Ferguson
Position: Wide Receiver
School: Northwestern State University
Weight: 225 pounds
Draft Projection: Day 3
In the red zone and pretty much anywhere, Ferguson excels with contested catches. Never being afraid to absorb a hit while making the grab. More importantly, he adjusted to the poorly throw ball. That is today, he will pluck either the ball that looks like an interception or a hospital pass that could injure him. Yet, Ferguson continued to give his quarterback a wide radius and window to find him. Whether he is covered or not, his strong hands will give the offense an opportunity to succeed.
With a decent second gear, Ferguson will break off YAC in a heartbeat. Granted, his jump from the snap does not look explosive. However, the longer the route, the better the result. During his time at NSU, he averaged 16.7 yards per throw, Regardless of level of competition, those numbers do not lie. Moreover, when playing top-tier teams, Ferguson continued to dominate. For instance, he gouged Texas A&M for 129 yards on four catches.
Tasked with the mission of serving as the entire offense, Ferguson mainly needed to bail the quarterback out. Under those circumstances, the need for route refinement exists. When he gets to the next level, a stern but knowledgeable coach will show him how to tighten up.
Ferguson endeavors to make his own name. His brother, Jaylon will be drafted in the first round pick as an edge rusher. Yet, he wants to be judged on his own merits and not of his sibling. Also, on the field , his aggressive nature when handfighting corners will earn him targets early on.
With Jordy Nelson poised to return, the Raiders would probably lean on him as a top wideout. Yet, with his career winding down, Ferguson can serve as an ideal apprentice. Blessed with decent long speed and explosion, all Nelson will have to do is show him the nuanced approach and proper technique. While he learns, Ferguson will also see targets and provides the Raiders a vertical option and the ability to get free on the face.For a team that struggles in the red zone, adding a wideout with his skill set will do not thing but help the Raiders in the end.