Riley Ferguson Draft Profile

Riley Ferguson Draft Profile

Strengths:

  • Decent size
  • Good touchdown to interception rate
  • Effective and accurate with timing routes
  • Plays in attacking offense with almost 40 percent of his pass attempts were beyond ten yards
  • Looks comfortable in play-action and bootlegs from pistol
  • Drops are quick and setup in pocket is crisp
  • Will scan all three levels for best target option when he’s on the move
  • Careful to square shoulders to throw whether rolling in either direction
  • Has gunslinger mentality

Analysis: Riley Ferguson originally committed to play football at Tennessee, but after injuries and position battles he moved on, eventually winding up at Memphis. Ferguson led Memphis’ offense by completing 63 percent of his 443 throws for 3,698 yards, 32 touchdowns, and just 10 interceptions. His ability to lead a team, move within the pocket, and deliver accurate passes to all parts of the field have scouts intrigued. I view Ferguson as a gunslinger the way he approaches and plays the game, willing to fit the ball into tight windows (whether its successful or not is another issue). The offense he played in at Memphis was considered a spread, but had pro-style elements built in. Ferguson is comfortable playing in shotgun, pistol and under center–his drop-backs are quick and crisp with little wasted motion. He always keeps his eyes down field, scanning all three levels for the best target. Willing to pull the trigger on any throw, 40 percent of his pass attempts went beyond ten yards. He had a great connection with future NFL’er Anthony Miller, and his timing routes with Miller were electric, effective and accurate. If he builds a rapport like that with his NFL teammates, look out. Riley Ferguson is not fast by any means, but he has decent mobility in the pocket. When he scrambles he does not lose accuracy throwing on the run and always squares his shoulders before he throws.

Weaknesses:

  • Thin frame
  • Release slowed by a windup
  • Ball placement is inconsistent
  • Leads linebackers into passing lanes with stares
  • Doesn’t always let routes develop, slinging it too quickly
  • Makes off-balance, ill-advised throws when under duress
  • Way too nonchalant with short throws

Analysis: Riley Ferguson is listed at 210 pounds, but I would be surprised to see him tip the scales over 200. He has a thin frame that will not be able to withstand consistent pocket punishment in the NFL. One of the knocks on Ferguson is his slow release which is due to the fact he has a windup similar to a baseball pitcher. This can lead to batted balls, strip sacks and more turnovers. He scans all three levels of the field, but he has a tendency to lock onto one target moving the linebackers and safeties to that target with his eyes. He needs to look off safeties and linebackers better at the next level. Ball placement is inconsistent, but didn’t always show up because of the receiving core with the Tigers did a great job reeling in those passes. When pressured, Ferguson gets happy feet in the pocket and loses his mechanics at times—his decision-making become unreliable then as well. Needs to focus more on the short, easy throws.

Size: 6’4 210lbs

Draft Grade: Early Day 3 Grade

NFL Comparison: Matt Schaub

Draft Projection: 6th Round

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