The drama of the 2019 NFL Draft ramps up Friday for Northwestern State All-America receiver Jazz Ferguson.
The draft’s first round was held Thursday night. Ferguson’s draft status in a range of analysts places him in the draft pool beginning in the third round, with various projections ranging from rounds 3-7. NFL.com’s report lists him with a sixth-round grade. He is the highest ranked Southland Conference draft prospect and one of the highest in the FCS.
Rounds 2-3 will be held Friday evening beginning at 6 p.m. CST and will air on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and the NFL Network.
Rounds 4-7 are Saturday beginning at 11 a.m., carried on ABC, ESPN, and the NFL Network.
Ferguson, a St. Francisville native who played at West Feliciana High School, is expected to be the Demons’ first NFL Draft selection since defensive tackle Deon Simon was a seventh-rounder in 2014.
Simon (Green Bay), offensive lineman Pace Murphy (Kansas City) and receiver Bryant Mitchell (Arizona), all 2014 seniors, are currently on NFL rosters. Murphy and Mitchell were undrafted free agents.
Ferguson declared for the NFL Draft in early December, forgoing his senior season.
The 6-foot-5, 227-pound receiver earned four different All-America honors as a junior during a season in which he compiled 1,117 receiving yards on 66 catches, scoring 13 touchdowns and averaging 101.5 yards receiving per game.
The jovial Ferguson earned All-America nods from The Associated Press, Stats LLC, Phil Steele and Hero Sports.
After transferring from LSU and sitting out one season at NSU, Ferguson set six school records while earning All-Southland Conference and All-Louisiana Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2018.
He ranked in the NCAA FCS top 20 in four stats — sixth in receiving touchdowns, ninth in receiving yards, 14th in receiving yards per game, and 20th in receptions per game (6).
Ferguson’s six NSU records includes touchdown catches, receiving yards per game, 100-yard receiving games (six), touchdown catches in a game (three against Abilene Christian).
Ferguson also produced two of his most productive games – 138 yards and 112 yards with two touchdowns each – against Southland Conference stalwarts Sam Houston State and McNeese. He caught the game-winner to topple the Cowboys in Turpin Stadium.
Ten Demons have been drafted since 2002, including three in the first five rounds.
David Pittman (2006, Baltimore Ravens) was the last NSU player to go in the first three rounds.
Of the 36 Demons drafted, John Stephens (1988, New England Patriots) was the highest pick ever, going 17th overall.