Josh Ferguson

Illinois
RB #6
5’9″ 198

Pros:

  • Incredible short-area quickness
  • Possesses the burst and foot quickness that will shake defenders
  • One-cut runner with deceptive strength
  • Runs with low center of gravity that allows him to maintain his balance
  • Toughness to earn extra yards
  • A threat in the passing game with solid hands
  • Presents mismatches against linebackers
  • Will win the foot race to the sideline

Cons:

  • Size suggests he’ll be a compliment back at the next level
  • Spends too much time in the backfield waiting for a whole or dancing around trying to make something happen
  • Had a fumbling and focus-drop issue
  • Too often brought down by one tackler
  • Doesn’t finish through contact
  • Lacks a second gear

The former three star recruit and all-state selection played in three games a freshman before suffering a hamstring injury that forced him to miss the rest of the season; Ferguson would earn a medical hardship. He started six games in 2012, leading the team in all-purpose yards (344 return, 312 rushing, and 251 receiving). The following he year he ran for 779 yards (5.5 avg.) and seven touchdowns and caught 50 passes for 535 yards and four touchdowns while ranking second amongst all running backs in the FBS in receiving yards per game with 44.6. Ferguson did it on the ground and through the air in 2014, leading the team in all-purpose yards (735 rushing, 427 receiving) while running for eight touchdowns and hauling in another 50 passes. This past season, he missed three games but started the other nine earning third team All-Big 10 honors. Ferguson is the school record holder in career receptions and receiving yards by a running back and ranks second in all-purpose yards, and he ended 2015 as only active FBS player with 2,500+ rush & 1,500+ receiving yards in a career.

Pro comparison: Steve Slaton

Projected draft value: 4th round




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