*Grandson of Wisconsin legend Barry Alvarez
*Hails from a football family overall—father, Brad, played at Nebraska and brother, Joe, played for Wisconsin as a safety from 2013-2017
Scheme tendencies: Run-heavy offense, frequent under-center alignments, inside power concepts with pullers, heavy personnel groupings (12, 22, 21, etc.)
2021 projected role: Starting tight end
Pros: Ferguson is an impressive receiver who has quickly gained the trust of multiple quarterbacks during his two-year run as a starting TE for the Badgers. He serves as a safety blanket over the middle of the field and offers plus size and fluidity to snap off against linebackers and create easy targets for his quarterback. There's plenty of upside to his game as a RAC threat, too. He's got a bit of wiggle and isn't afraid to drop a shoulder and challenge defenders in space if he feels he doesn't have an exit route. Impressive catch radius and did well to adjust to throws put on his back shoulder when running up the seam. In a stagnant passing offense, he's been second on the team in receiving the past two seasons and has been called upon in a number of different alignments and detachments. I think he'll do well in a traditional Y (in-line) role, given his frame and ceiling as a blocker, as well.
Cons: Ferguson is not a finished product as a blocker yet and too often will get busted leaning into plays and not trusting his lower-body strength to hold up on blocks. He flashed in mobility and skill to get attached to defenders as a blocker, but too often whiffs on securing a clean fit with his hands and is working to simply keep leverage on the defender. Skilled defensive players have had success stacking and discarding him with relative ease on films studied, too. That may set up a painful transition to the pros, but I do think he has the ceiling to get better here and with his receiving chops, he figures to have a role to play. Steps forward in consistency as a blocker will be the essential variable in determining his ceiling.