Ego Ferguson NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Chicago Bears DT

Ryan LownesFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2014

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 26:  Reese Hannon #12 of the Furman Paladins is pressured by Ego Ferguson #9 of the LSU Tigers during a game at Tiger Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  LSU won the game 48-16.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU (HT: 6’3”, WT: 315 lbs)

Chicago Bears

Second Round: 51st Pick 

NFL Comparison: Mike Martin, DT, Tennessee Titans

Combine Weigh-in
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603031532 1/4"10 3/4"
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Combine Workout
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Positives

  • 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.

Negatives

  • 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.

 

 

Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamTacklesTFLSacksFFPD
2011LSU130.50.001
2012LSU141.00.001
2013LSU583.51.003
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Personal Notes

  • Honorable mention All-SEC 2013
  • Missed the Outback Bowl due to medical reasons
  • Redshirted 2010
  • Sports administration major

 

Ratings Chart

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Overall

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