Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU (HT: 6’3”, WT: 315 lbs)
Second Round: 51st Pick
NFL Comparison: Mike Martin, DT, Tennessee Titans
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- Exceptional run defender, stout at the point of attack. Sits down in holes and demonstrates good anchor strength.
- Able to occupy gaps, can either one- or two-gap. Is capable of holding his ground against double-teams. Can park in the A-gap and clog running lanes.
- Built like a 1-tech or nose tackle at 6’3”, 315 pounds, with a thick lower body and naturally low center of gravity.
- Fires off the ball and displays good leverage. Good snap anticipation.
- Can control opponents and make tackles while being blocked.
- His ability to anchor and occupy blockers allows teammates to make plays.
- Big and powerful, so it can be hard to redirect his momentum. Keeps his feet moving on contact and does a nice job of squaring his shoulders and waist to the ball.
- Appears to locate the ball well and puts himself in position to make an impact. Capable of stacking and moving down the line.
- Strong upper body, can rip blockers given the right hand placement and move toward the ball. Flashes a powerful punch.
- Shows enough agility to cross opponents and gain access to the backfield.
- Skill set is that of a natural 1-tech, but he could bulk up and play nose tackle in a 3-4.
- Can hit ball-carriers with a lot of force.
- Played in several spots on the LSU interior, logging snaps at nose tackle, 1-tech and 3-tech.
- Gives a good effort on the field and will continue pursuit downfield or to the sideline.
- Does not offer much as a pass-rusher, is not especially quick to shoot gaps and does not display counter moves.
- Very limited in pursuit due to a lack of foot speed and change-of-direction ability.
- Relatively short arms for his position, measuring just 32.25” at the NFL Scouting Combine.
- Lack of length makes it difficult to shed blocks in a timely manner and make a consistent impact in the backfield. Struggles against long-limbed opponents.
- Must keep his feet underneath him, occasionally overextends and can be thrown to the ground.
- Was a rotational tackle for most of his college career, started just one season.
- May have declared for the draft prematurely as a junior, could have been better served returning to school for another year.
- Likely will fit into a rotation at the next level, coming off the field on non-running downs.
- Very little production during his college career, finished his time at LSU with only five tackles for loss and one sack.
- Honorable mention All-SEC 2013
- Missed the Outback Bowl due to medical reasons
- Redshirted 2010
- Sports administration major
While often overshadowed by his LSU teammates, Ego Ferguson proved to be an invaluable cog in the middle of the Tigers' stifling defense. A stout run defender capable of occupying gaps and controlling blockers, his impact allows others to make plays. He projects as a good rotational 1-tech but could also bulk up and assume a nose tackle role in a three-man front.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round
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