There are no shortages of names when it comes to this year’s class of edge rushers Kenny Golladay Jersey
, which is great news for the Detroit Lions who are looking to improve upon their shoddy pass rush unit. One name that would be a nice fit for the Lions, and a name that will continue to garner some buzz as we approach the Senior Bowl, is Louisiana Tech edge rusher, Jaylon Ferguson.Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech6-foot-4 3/8, 256 pounds2015 stats: 12 games | 22 solo tackles | 35 total | 15 TFL | 6 sacks | 1 PD | 2 FF2016 stats: 14 games | 27 solo tackles | 49 total | 14 TFL | 14.5 sacks | 2 PD | 3 FF2017 stats: 11 games | 25 solo tackles | 38 total | 12.5 TFL | 7 sacks2018 stats: 13 games | 38 solo tackles | 65 total | 26 TFL | 17.5 sacks | 3 PD | 2 FFCurrent draft projection: Day 2 (second or third round)BackgroundTeam profile pageA three-star recruit out of Saint Francisville, Louisiana, Ferguson received many collegiate offers including Mississippi State and several smaller schools. After deciding to return for his senior year with the Bulldogs Jalen Reeves-Maybin Jersey
, Ferguson became the first member of his family to graduate from college.The Bulldogs didn’t end up winning the conference championship, but 2018 was a pivotal year for Ferguson. He would go on to set an NCAA Division I record with 45 sacks and looked much improved from his junior year. StrengthsIdeal size and length for a base 4-3 end, but also has the ability to line up in a 2-point stance.Hand usage is elite; shows great grip strength. Has a variety of moves he wins with (push-pull, club-rip, club-over and more). Displayed improved burst and explosiveness from 2017 to 2018. More aggressiveness and attacking mentality in 2018 and it showed up in the stat sheet. Converts speed to power, gets low and drives OTs deep into the pocket consistently.Disciplined as a run defender; able to hold his ground and control the point of attack. Disengages in a timely fashion and is constantly making plays in the backfield.Quick mental processing as a pass rusher and as a run defender. Finds the ball quickly; punishes OTs for overcommitting.Good athleticism relative to his size.WeaknessesBend and flexibility to me is underrated, but not exactly a strength for him. Struggles to turn the corner even with slight contact on the edge.Occasional lapses in awareness; bites hard at times on misdirections and play-fakes.Testing will be important. Some believe he is an average-to-below-average athlete. First step is just decent. Not going to blow you away off the snap.Could use some extra work on his counter moves. Is aware of his speed-to-power and likes to counter off of it, but not always successful.Games watched: 2016 vs. WKU, 2017 vs. SMU Barry Sanders Jersey
, 2018 vs. FAU, 2018 vs. Mississippi StateOverview and ProjectionNow is the time to get familiar with Jaylon Ferguson as we approach the Senior Bowl. I expect Ferguson to dominate practices and prove his worth against top competition. I also wouldn’t be surprised if his stock continues to rise into the early second round, possibly even higher. If he tests better than expected, then the sky is the limit for him.Ferguson is technically sound and disciplined as a run defender, but it’s been his numbers as a pass rusher that has earned him national attention. His play strength and elite hand usage allowed him to dominate weaker competition, but showed no struggle against Power-5 schools and was just as impressive, if not more impressive against a couple of the best OTs in the country.For the Lions, I’d expect Ferguson to be high on their board as he fits well in the down DE role, much like Ziggy Ansah and Romeo Okwara Michael Roberts Jersey
, but has the versatility to line up in a 2-point stance if needed. His success as a run defender will likely intrigue Lions coaches who stress stopping the run and he would bring some much needed help as a pass rusher. If he’s there when the Lions are picking at any point on Day 2 of the draft, I’d expect the Lions to seriously consider Ferguson and believe he’d be a perfect fit for Patricia’s scheme. There’s not a lot of national confidence in Matt Patricia after a rough debut."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions NotesDetroit Lions AnalysisDetroit Lions TransactionsDetroit Lions Game RecapsBreaking NewsIntroducing the 2019 Detroit Lions Draft Class! 脳Detroit Lions NotesLions notes: Matt Patricia ranked 3rd-worst among returning NFL coachesNew,136commentsThere’s not a lot of national confidence in Matt Patricia after a rough debut. ESTShareTweetShareShareLions notes: Matt Patricia ranked 3rd-worst among returning NFL coachesTrevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports2018 was a tough year for both the Detroit Lions and Matt Patricia. For the former, it was a disappointing 6-10 year after back-to-back 9-7 seasons. For the latter, it was a rocky start to his head coaching career. Throughout the season, Patricia was questioned for his on-the-field decisions, his ability to lead a locker room and his odd spars with the media. Bob Cooter in favor of the more run-minded Darrell Bevell.”The only two returning coaches ranked lower are Jon Gruden and Pat Shurmur. So I suppose an alternate headline could have been “Matt Patricia ranked higher than Super Bowl-winning coach.” The Athletic did their own beat writer mock (subscription required) where beat writers from all 32 teams make their picks for the team they cover. The mock looks a little untraditional (Brian Burns falls to 24, Rashan Gary to 18), but it’s an interesting endeavor. Oh yeah Taylor Decker Jersey
, the Lions got Ed Oliver. Tickets to the popular Taste of the Lions event go on sale next week. General admission prices stayed the same this year ($175), but VIP tickets rose $50 (to $400). More details below: One of the more underrated cornerbacks in this draft, Central Michigan’s Sean Bunting, said playing for the Lions in his hometown of Detroit would be a blessing. Damon Harrison Sr. is continuing to try and recruit players to Detroit. In this instance, he’s trying to recruit back to Detroit: Speaking of Snacks’ freakin’ amazing Twitter account, here he is destroying Duke’s assistant offensive line coach: Today in “Jokes that Write Themselves.” The Chicago Bears have signed a kicker named Chris Blewitt.