2015 NFL DRAFT

Ego Ferguson, DT

School: LSU  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Mims, FL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 315 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
7582-3

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.102.891.72- -08'03"5.037.99

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Tall, well-built frame with well-proportioned bulk from head to toe. Flexible body type with natural bend, controlling his momentum well when he stays low with impressive change of direction skills for his size. Long arms and quick hands, using his strong limbs to press and lock out.

Good vision and awareness, keeping his eyes elevated to locate and track the ball. Quick read/react instincts and not easily fooled. Quick off the snap with the foot quickness to chase and make plays away from the line of scrimmage. Improved block anticipation and instincts, elevating well at the line of scrimmage to knock down passes.

Holds the point well with his aggressive demeanor, playing with a chip. Good work ethic off the field, adding 40 pounds of good weight since enrolling at LSU.

Versatile skill-set to be a force vs. the run and the pass and can play any interior defensive line position at the next level - not scheme specific.

WEAKNESSES: Doesn't always explode off the ball. Not slow, but not as quick-twitch as other interior rushers. Uses his arms well to stack, but needs to do a better job swatting and shedding. Doesn't consistently use his hands to disengage, too easily handled by single blockers at times.

Tends to get too high and needs to keep his pads low to better redirect his momentum. Not fundamentally sound and still developing his upper and lower body mechanics. Needs to continue to develop his counter moves and more effective getting to the QB - only one career sack.

Needs to play more disciplined and eliminate dumb penalties. Lacks ideal experience and overall production as a one-year starter. Missed the 2013 bowl game due to an undisclosed illness.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

A highly-recruited four-star defensive tackle, Ferguson chose LSU and redshirted in 2010. He was used as a rotational reserve player as a freshman and sophomore before becoming a starter in 2013 as a junior, setting career-highs with 58 tackles, 3.5 for loss and 1.0 sack.

Ferguson is an active competitor with versatile size and skill-set to be stout vs. the run, but also showing the athletic traits to be effective getting to the passer - only one career sack is a red flag. He is still very unpolished in many aspects of the game and has much to learn.

Ferguson has a lot to work with some untapped potential that makes him an intriguing fit on any defensive line with the ability to line up at multiple positions in any formation.

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 2/51 -- Ego Ferguson, DT, 6-3, 315, Louisiana State...Ferguson is considered a raw, talented player after leaving LSU a year early for the draft because of family concerns. His mother, who worked as a guard in a detention center, had been injured on the job and found it difficult to work. He had a bit of a checkered past after missing the final game of his college career in the Outback Bowl because of a team rule violation. Ferguson is a powerful player who was given the assignment of taking up blockers as a weak-side defensive end for LSU. He had 85 career tackles and one sack, incuding 58 tackles his final year. "I went back to his game against Alabama, his game against Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Georgia and nobody could run the ball against him inside at all," GM Phil Emery said. "He is a very strong, very powerful young man. I wanted to see where he was at rush-wise and in each one of those games he had four or five power rushes where he disrupted the quarterback." - The Sports Xchange
 

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