- AProjectionRound 1
- YearRS Senior
Strong Points: Very productive pass rusher (45 career sacks, including 17.5 in 2018). Tall with long arms. Good athlete -- speed, change of direction and flexibility. Closes coming off a block. Fairly good hand use. Good run defender -- holds up well, not giving ground at the point of attack.
Weak Points: Good (not great) instincts -- occasionally loses track of ball or will be a bit slow finding it. He doesn't show top hustle and competitiveness on every play. Must add to his pass-rush arsenal. Must add strength and continue tightening his body.
The Way We See It: Ferguson has an abundance of talent and hasn't reached his ceiling despite his high sack total. I don't see consistent hustle on a down-to-down basis, especially when in pursuit. He has good play strength but still must add strength and tighten up his body. He's good, but Ferguson has the talent to be great, if he puts in the effort. More of a reactor than an anticipator, he lacks top instincts but still makes a number of plays. I just get the feeling from his inconsistent effort that Ferguson still doesn't know how good he can be. He will be drafted high because of his upside and likely contribute right away. Hopefully, he gets with a strong D-line coach who will push him to the limit. If Ferguson puts it all together, watch out.