Louisiana Tech edge rusher Jaylon Ferguson spoke this week at the Senior Bowl on what it would be like to play for the New York Giants.
If a quarterback isn’t taken by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the front office should have their eyes on the defensive side of the ball.
The Giants only amassed 30 sacks this past season. This stat put them at 30th in the NFL (tied with the New England Patriots).
Along with the successor to Big Blue quarterback Eli Manning, a premiere edge rusher should be on the draft board. Thankfully this year’s draft includes that in Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson.
Ferguson in his senior season broke the NCAA record for sacks in a career. He ended up with 45, surpassing the previous record of 44. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs set the former record when he played for Arizona State.
Ferguson also broke the single-season sack record twice in his college career. He set the former record with 14.5 sacks in 2016 and then broke his own record with 17.5 sacks this past year.
When asked about playing ball for the Giants, his answer seemed a little passive. However, he eventually let it be known that he would play anywhere.
“City life is not really for me, but if I have to go play football there I’ll go play football there,” Ferguson said earlier this week at the Senior Bowl, per Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “It’s all going to be the same. Football field still gonna be green, still gonna have 100 yards.”
Ferguson also noted the temperature difference from playing in Louisiana to playing at MetLife Stadium.
“I don’t like the cold weather, but I’ll play anywhere,” Ferguson said. “I’m not really a cold-weather guy though.”
Again, if a quarterback isn’t the answer for the Giants in the first round this April, they should seriously consider Ferguson if he’s available at No. 6.
Big Blue’s defense was too pitiful at numerous points this season. It evidently was a huge reason why the organization only won five games.