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Should Cowboys Avoid DL Jaylon Ferguson At 58?

First team All Conference three times. Conference USA in 2018. NCAA all time leader in . 67.5 tackles for loss over four collegiate seasons.

This guy is a pick, right?

Not so fast.

Both in terms of the expression, and when speaking about the player and his ability.

These honors and stats are all held by Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson, who played himself into top 50-pick consideration during his college career. Everyone is looking for pass rushers that can get to the , and Ferguson’s college production is second to none.

So why is he not talked about as a top tier ? For starters, people have questions about his level of competition in college. Playing mostly against offensive tackles who will work 9-5 jobs next year, it’s sometimes difficult to evaluate just how good small school pass rushers are.

This is small concern, however, as Ferguson played well against bigger schools in college as well. The real problem scouts, and I, have with Jaylon Ferguson and the possibility of the selecting him 58th overall, are his athletic traits.

Ferguson ran an 8.08 second three-cone at his . According to Pro Football Reference’s combine indexer, only two other defensive ends or rushers have ran an 8 second or greater three cone at the combine since 2000. Neither was even drafted.

8.08 seconds is downright horrible, and Ferguson’s lack of bend and explosion is shown on his tape as well. Ferguson is a grinder. He’s a very powerful rusher who uses his length and strength to his advantage to beat blockers and get to the quarterback. He’s not going to show off an incredibly impressive get-off or really turn the corner.

But will this work consistently enough in the NFL to take Jaylon Ferguson with your first pick of the entire draft?

Personally, I wouldn’t consider Jaylon Ferguson at 58. I’d start thinking about taking him in the , where the expectations for his future as a rusher will be tempered a bit more.

Jaylon Ferguson is too good a football player to flame out of the league or go undrafted, but his traits tell me his ceiling is nowhere near as high as the Cowboys should be looking for with their first draft pick.

What do you think?

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Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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