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Jaylon Ferguson | Defensive End

Team: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/14/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 262

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Louisiana Tech senior DE Jaylon Ferguson is a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award.
The Hendricks Award goes to the top defensive end in the country, and since Ferguson led the nation in sacks, it would make sense that he's a candidate. He's joined by Clemson's Clelin Ferrell, Northern Illinois's Sutton Smith, and Kentucky's Josh Allen as finalists for the trophy. Dec 3 - 11:33 AM

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Louisiana Tech redshirt senior DE Jaylon Ferguson accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Ferguson has been a menace for quarterbacks in his time with the Bulldogs, and he finished the regular season with an FBS-leading 15 sacks along with two forced fumbles in the 2018 season. There are concerns about the 6-foot-5, 262-pound Ferguson's athleticism, but his motor is unquestioned, and his production is tough to ignore. The Senior Bowl will be a huge test for Ferguson.
Nov 26 - 3:38 PM

The Draft Network's Joe Marino writes that Louisiana Tech redshirt senior DE Jaylon Ferguson "[l]acks the burst and flexibility to consistently win around the outside edge track in the NFL."

Marino likes Ferguson's motor -- as he puts it, the redshirt senior offers up "honest effort" -- but motor can only get you so far and there's a fair amount of work that the 6-foot-5, 262-pounder will need to do before he's realistically ready to contribute at the NFL level. In addition to his general lack of explosiveness off the edge, Marino notes that Ferguson has a number of technical deficiencies -- including hand usage -- that he will need to shore up at the next level. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline stamps the Louisiana Tech standout with a fourth-round grade for the spring.
Nov 8 - 6:55 PM

Louisiana Tech redshirt senior DE Jaylon Ferguson was named the Reese's Senior Bowl Defensive Player of the Week for his performance on Saturday against UTEP.

What a performance it was. Ferguson picked up 3.5 sacks and six total stops in the victory over the Miners. Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy believes there are similarities between Ferguson and Marcus Davenport in their "tools, upside, and mid-major pedigree." As Nagy also notes, Ferguson (6'5/262) contemplated leaving early for the NFL last year, but based on his production so far, he made the right decision to come back for his redshirt senior season. As Nagy summarizes: "...there are few seniors in this draft class more productive or impressive on tape than Ferguson."
Oct 24 - 6:39 PM

Louisiana Tech redshirt junior DE Jaylon Ferguson had a hand in six total stops while registering 3.5 sacks in Saturday's 31-24 victory against UTEP.

Yes, it was against a winless UTEP team, but he looked like a man among boys in this one. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein had Ferguson slotted seventh on his list of top defensive lineman to watch heading into the season and you're seeing why. He has had a hand in 32 total tackles with 9.5 sacks, two passes defensed and a forced fumble through seven games so far. He'll look to add to his resume next week in front of a national television audience on Friday at FAU.
Oct 20 - 10:34 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein lists Louisiana Tech redshirt junior DE Jaylon Ferguson seventh on his list of the top defensive lineman to watch in 2018.

Ferguson is the first "small school" player on this list, and he has a chance to be one of the first Group of Five player drafted regardless of position if he lives up to the hype. "At 6-foot-5 and 259 pounds, he has plus length that he combines with bouncy feet to beat offensive tackles on either their outside or inside shoulders as a pass rusher," Zierlein writes. "Ferguson has experience as a stand-up rusher, as well, and appears to have the athletic ability to play in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme at the next level." The level of competition will scare teams, but in terms of pure talent and production, it might be tough to be what Ferguson brings to the table.
Jul 16 - 4:27 PM

Draft Wire's Luke Easterling lists Louisiana Tech redshirt junior DE Jaylon Ferguson among the best "small school" prospects.

Ferguson considered entering the draft after his redshirt sophomore year, but decided to give it at least one more year at Louisiana Tech. He was excellent as a freshman, picking up 14.5 sacks, but he "only" had six in 2017 with 8.5 total tackles for loss while battling injuries. "Back at full strength for 2018, the 6-5, 269-pounder should be primed for another big season, which could plant him firmly in the conversation among the top edge defenders in the 2019 draft class," writes Easterling.
Source: Draft Wire
Jun 4 - 5:30 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Louisiana Tech redshirt junior DE Jaylon Ferguson is "exploring the possibility of entering the draft."

While Pauline's hearing that Ferguson is considering a draft jump, he also notes that the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder has not settled on a final decision as of yet. Ferguson posted 16 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks a year ago, but was unable to find quite the same success during the current campaign. He finished this season with a more modest 8.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. Should he declare, he'll draw interest due to his ability as a pure pass-rusher, with Draft Analyst assigning him a fifth-round grade for the spring.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 08:22:00 PM

NFL Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline is hearing that Louisiana Tech redshirt junior DE Jaylon Ferguson is likely to enter the draft.

Ferguson (6'5/255) was one of the best statistical lineman in the country last year, posting 14.5 sacks and forcing three fumbles. Pauline also says that current grades on Ferguson range anywhere from a second-day pick to the seventh round.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 09:01:00 PM

CBS Sports' Chris Trepasso lists Louisiana Tech redshirt junior DE Jaylon Ferguson as the No. 71 overall draft prospect.

"At 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, he has the size and length to play on the edge in the pros," Trepasso wrote. Ferguson posted 49 tackles, 14.5 sacks and three forced fumbles last year. Over the past two seasons combined, he's accrued 29 TFL and 20.5 sacks. Recently, ESPN Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Ferguson as the No. 5 underclassman draft prospect at his position.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Jun 28, 2017 12:32:00 PM

ESPN Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Louisiana Tech redshirt junior DE Jaylon Ferguson as the No. 5 underclassman draft prospect at his position.

Ferguson was a whirling dervish all over the field for the Bulldogs last season, recording 49 tackles, 14.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. Those 14.5 sacks led Conference USA and his 20.5 career sacks are good for 13th most in conference history. While Kiper slides him into his draft position rankings, Walter Football's Charlie Campbell does not include Ferguson among his top 18 defensive end draft prospects at this juncture in the offseason.
Tue, Jun 27, 2017 10:33:00 PM