4. Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
6-5, 271: Who doesn’t want the greatest pass rusher in NCAA history?
Very big, very quick, and always working, Ferguson closed out his Louisiana Tech career with a record-setting 45 sacks to go along with 67.5 tackles for loss. When everyone was keying on stopping him as a senior, he pulled off his best season with a career-high 65 tackles with 17.5 sacks.
Most of the top edge rushers in this draft are tweeners who could fit in as either an outside linebacker in the right system, or have to find a fit that works. Ferguson is big enough to work as a defensive end, and he could drop down a few pounds and still be effective.
Yes, he’s big enough and productive enough to stop the run and grow into more of a true lineman, but with his pass rushing skills and his variety of moves, he’s a pass rusher.
Projected Round: Second
Real Value: Second