As we stand less than a month away from the 2019 NFL Draft, Defensive end Jaylon Ferguson could be a prospect that may fall into the Dallas Cowboys‘ lap.
After the Dallas Cowboys acquired defensive end, Robert Quinn, last week, it seems like they are set at their starting edge positions for the 2019 season. Although talks have been at a stalemate, DeMarcus Lawrence will likely still be back with the team next season, and the duo of he and Quinn will be one of the better edge rusher duos in the league.
Despite Quinn being a major upgrade over what Dallas had prior to acquiring him, the team still may be looking at using pick No. 58 on a defensive end. If that is their plan, Jaylon Ferguson of Louisiana Tech might be the perfect pick for Dallas in the second round.
Ferguson stands at 6-foot-5 and 271 pounds. He is also the all-time NCAA Leader in sacks. Yes, you heard that right, Ferguson has recorded more sacks than anyone else in NCAA history.
In his senior year, last season Ferguson registered 26.0 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks, bringing him to a total of 67.5 tackles for loss and 45.0 sacks in his college career. These are numbers that are unheard of and show off the dominant force that Ferguson can be.
Ferguson was not invited to the 2019 NFL Combine due to an incident in his past, which meant his only shot to show his athletic ability was at his Pro Day. According to Gil Brandt, former VP of Player Personnel for the Cowboys and now of NFL.com, said that Dallas was one of the five NFL teams in attendance to see Ferguson.
At his Pro Day Ferguson did not live up to the hype that many expected, and his 8.08 3-cone drill has caused him to fall down many draft boards. Even though he did not show out to the best of his ability that day, it may be a blessing in disguise for the Cowboys.
The one thing that no one denies Ferguson can do best is get after the quarterback. He has an extremely impressive first step quickness and has a body frame that will allow him to produce in the NFL right away.
With the long-term future of Lawrence in Dallas uncertain, if available at pick 58 Ferguson would be an outstanding investment. Adding him would give the Cowboys three above average pass rushers next season, and add insurance if they cannot extend Lawrence and he is only playing on the franchise tag again this upcoming season.
If he is there when the Dallas Cowboys are on the clock for the first time this April, don’t be surprised if Jaylon Ferguson becomes a Cowboy.