Sack leader Jaylon Ferguson
Anytime you can break one of Terrell Suggs records you’re doing something right. That’s just what Ferguson has done. With 2.5 sacks in
Now the Lousiana native didn’t attend a power five school as he spent four years at Louisiana Tech. However, you can’t deny the production and potential that this man has.
Eagles and Ferguson a perfect match
It’s no secret the Eagles defensive line is the heart and soul of the team. With guys like Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and Michael Bennett to name a few it’s all about pressure. Furthermore, factor in Jim Schwartz scheme where the Eagles rarely blitz and its extremely important to have a fresh rotation of pass rushers. Now this year the Eagles took a bit of a hit due to all the injuries. The team lost Derek Barnett early in the year and spent most of the year without Tim Jernigan. However, the Eagles still ranked as the top defensive line per PFF.
Now, this is where Ferguson comes into play. Both Long and Graham are free agents. Hence why Ferguson would be an excellent replacement should both leave. A line with Barnett, Ferguson, Josh Sweat, Cox, Bennett, and Jernigan is a nice group.
Four years of dominance
As stated early Ferguson spent four years at LA Tech. His senior season was his best as he totaled 17.5 sacks and 65 tackles. He totaled two double-digit sack seasons as back in 2016 he had 14.5 sacks. Sack Daddy was named Conference USA player of the year in 2018. In addition, the sack leader was also named First Team All C-USA in 2017 and 18. Furthermore, he’s projected to be a first-round pick.
While there is still plenty of time to get a better gauge on where he will end up the numbers speak for themselves. It’s rare to see a player of this stature play all four years. While Ferguson could have come out last year and been an early round selection he returned to school. While not everyone may have seen him play the 6’5 262-pound edge rusher is a certainly a player you will know by April.
You can never have enough pass rushers
Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman said earlier this week that this could be a “historical” draft for defensive linemen. The Eagles currently hold the number 25 pick in the first round. It’s looking like the target could certainly be on the defensive side of the ball. Now Ferguson isn’t a finished product. He can learn some new pass rushing moves and will probably have to bulk up. However, having him work in a rotation and stay fresh and have one on one opportunities will greatly benefit him. Similar to Barnett’s rookie season he wasn’t the guy on the Eagles DLine however he made timely play after timely play.
Now, this draft is loaded with D-Line talent with guys like Nick Bosa, Ed Oliver, and Rashan Gary among others it’s easy for Ferguson to fly under the radar so to speak. The Eagles would have options but I would do everything possible to draft Ferguson. At LA Tech he played a lot in a three-point stance and had to read and react. However for the Eagles, if he has the ability to put his hand in the dirt and just go after the quarterback look out.
Keep an eye out for the FBS sack leader in Ferguson as we get closer to April. It’s worth mentioning that one of those 45 sacks came against Dak Prescott.
Featured image via Wikicommons Bobak Ha’Eri
All stats via Sports-Reference.com
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