Louisiana Tech edge rusher Jaylon Ferguson had his combine invitation rescinded by the NFL after a background check revealed a simple battery charge, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday. Ferguson was involved in a 2016 fight at a McDonald’s, according to the report, and also was cited for public intoxication in college. According to the report, the NFL told teams that any prospect with a felony or misdemeanor charge involving violence would be barred.
Ferguson, the 2018 Conference USA Player of the Year, led the nation with 17½ sacks en route to a NCAA-record 45 during his four years with the Bulldogs. He received a first-round grade in the 2019 Pro Football Weekly Draft Guide.
“Ferguson has an abundance of talent but hasn’t reached his ceiling, PFW draft expert Greg Gabriel writes. “… He’s good, but Ferguson has the talent to be great, if he puts in the effort.”
Ferguson joins Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons and Colorado State WR Preston Williams, both of whom weren’t invited to the combine under its zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence, sexual assault and gun felonies.
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