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2019 Third Round Pick (#85) - Jaylon Ferguson - EDGE - Louisiana Tech

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NFL.com Scouting Report

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Overview
Extremely productive edge defender with an NFL-caliber frame that continues to take shape. Ferguson plays with good toughness at the point of attack and became a much more disruptive run defender as the season progressed. He appears to have average athletic traits but benefits from an instinctive pass-rush approach. His pro day was somewhat disappointing and he'll need to maintain better lean muscle mass. He'll likely be targeted as an even-front defensive end with potential to become a good NFL starter.
Strengths
  • Recorded impressive, high-impact production over all four years
  • More than 27% of his career tackles were for a loss
  • Got bigger and stronger from 2017 to 2018
  • Quick to diagnose with springy lateral quickness to defeat block intentions
  • Stout at point of attack displays length and play strength to set hard edges
  • Able to unhinge from blocks with spin move and violent hands
  • Ability to play through edge blocks using burst and lower-body power
  • Varies pass-rush approach with go-to moves for all angles of attack
  • Flurrying hands in forward charge induces balance issues for offensive tackles
  • Instinctive rusher who can transition rush to inside or outside edge
  • Plays with forward lean and powerful rip-and-run move around the edge
  • Flashes capacity to convert speed to power as a pro
Weaknesses
  • Will need to make sure weight gain is "good" weight
  • Scouts say effort level didn't appear to be as high early in the year
  • Added mass might have cost him some burst and speed
  • Could struggle to chase and close out outside run plays
  • Average flexion in lower body causes tendency to play with elevated pad level
  • Loses leverage battle when he fails to strike and lock out early
  • Upright attack limits effectiveness of inside moves
  • Has go-to moves but needs to develop sustainable rush counters to pair with them
  • Hard-charging, downhill approach to quarterback hinders body control to corral pocket climbers

 

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well TSizzle didn't test well neither so hopefully this young man follows his path and outproduces his draft spot. 

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Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

Lose Suggs. Take the guy who broke Suggs record.

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I honestly was concerned that he would fall that far tbh. I’m glad we got him, he’s a definite player.

That pass rush competition is going to be something to behold. Bowser, Williams, and Ferguson will all compete for the spot opposite Matt Judon. I expect Bowser to win, but who knows.

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As long as Ferguson can actually play he takes over for Judon in his role next year anyways. Good pick. 

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I found it unsurprising that the FO loved him so much that they actually tried to trade up to get Jaylon

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I feel like Ferguson is going to go the same route as McPhee and Za'Darius where he flashes more as an interior rusher than exterior rusher - which isn't a bad thing at all because we need twitch off the edge from Bowser and Timmy, and we're still lacking interior pass rush big time.

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6 minutes ago, drd23 said:

I found it unsurprising that the FO loved him so much that they actually tried to trade up to get Jaylon

Same. There's a reason why every EDGE player on our roster has at least 20 career college sacks. We love production, and Ferguson has a ton of it.

I also love the nonsense from Harbaugh "He's going to play that rush role with Judon" and DeCosta "He's going to be a factor on passing downs". Yea,...sure. lol We'll see you in a couple years Jaylon. 

The only Rookie we'll see from this class early on is Hollywood.

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When we drafted Kenneth Dixon out of LA Tech he had become the NCAA All Time TD record holder.(Though it was broken that same season again by another future Raven in Keenan Reynolds). Now we've drafted Jaylon Ferguson out of LA Tech, who is the NCAA All Time Sack record holder. Interesting.

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Posted (edited)

#50 for Ferg. - Edit: Never Mind, I guess posting different numbers is just his deliberation process. 

 

Edited by DreamKid

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He then posted these two tweets

I actually wouldn't mind him sticking with 45, even if it is somewhat non-traditional

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