DE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech

6’5” – 262 lbs. – N/A

Has been a productive starter since his first season in college, a campaign in which he recorded 35-15.0-6.0. Followed that up with a 49-16.0-14.5 sophomore season, a 39-9.5-7.0 junior year, and played his best as a senior en route to a 64-26.0-17.5 line, finishing his collegiate career as the FBS career sack record holder. Tall, thickly-built defensive end who has played as high as 269 pounds; also appears to have long arms. Lined up on the right end of the line in college, often playing out of a two-point stance. Patient when playing in backside contain in the run game. Plays with balance and an effective anchor. Has the strength and hand-use to stack and shed. Has the physical attributes to play the run, but could be more disciplined about setting a hard edge; gets too deep and creates rushing lanes. Instincts in the run game also leave a little bit to be desired, as he can struggle to locate the ball while engaged; also lacks the athleticism to recover when caught out of position. Could show more of a sense of urgency and effort when pursuing plays toward the sidelines; also a little bit plodding in space. A highly-productive pass rusher despite drawing some extra attention from opposing blockers. Smoother than he is explosive as an edge rusher; uses his hands well to deal with blockers on the outside, mixing in some different moves to keep opponents from locking on. Able to dip his shoulder and bend back in a smooth arc. Flashes the ability to get low and drive opposing tackles off the line of scrimmage. Has eight career forced fumbles; long enough to strip in backside pursuit. Didn’t see a lot of inside moves during the games reviewed, but might be able to slide inside on some passing downs. Stood up a lot in college, but it’s not clear whether or not he’d be able to make many coverage drops at the pro level; looks much better-suited to a downhill role. Might also have some value on special teams units, having blocked two kicks in college. Has the size, strength, and production teams look for in a defensive end, but isn’t as explosive or athletic as his numbers would indicate and may be more of a left end or “elephant” linebacker opposite a primary pass-rusher. Furthermore, needs to continue to develop his instincts and positioning in the run game. Would be best-suited to a two-gap defensive front which took advantage of his size and strength.

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