Ego Ferguson Playing like First Round NFL Draft Pick for LSU Tigers

Sep 21, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers defensive tackle Ego Ferguson (9) tackles Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason (21) as he carries the ball in the second quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Ego Ferguson entered his junior season with LSU as the other tackle on the Tiger’s defensive line next to the much-hyped Anthony Johnson, but Ferguson has had a standout season and according to Todd McShay of Scouts Inc. is a a better NFL draft prospect.

Ferguson cracked the newly released top 32 on McShay’s 2014 NFL draft prospects and is ranked ahead of his much-heralded teammate who hasn’t been as consistent.

Here is what McShay had to say about the 6-2, 308-pound Ferguson who is playing like a future first round pick:

“Ferguson has replaced fellow LSU D-lineman Anthony Johnson in the Top 32 based on his production so far this season. He has been the more consistent player, especially against the run. The light went on for Ferguson toward the end of last year, as he is getting off the ball quicker and using his hands better, and he’s continued to improve his game this season. He’s not a great athlete, but has good size, short-area quickness and violent hands, and he can hold his ground and take on blocks.”

Ferguson has shown to be stout against the run and has racked up 38 tackles on the season, and if he can continue to improve as a pass-rusher (1 sack) the remainder of the season, he should continue to hold a first round grade.

Mel Kiper ranks Johnson ahead of Ferguson based on his potential, so when the draft comes around in May it’s very possible both of LSU’s starting defensive tackles are first round picks.

Before the time comes for Ferguson and Johnson to decide whether to leave LSU a year early or not, the Tigers need their DT combination to finish the season strong.

Strong showings in games against Texas A&M and Alabama can certainly boost their NFL draft stock even more.