Senior Bowl: Jake Ferguson Caps Off Strong Week With Great Game

2022 NFL Draft, Jake Ferguson. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
2022 NFL Draft, Jake Ferguson. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports /

Wisconsin Badgers TE Jake Ferguson had a great Senior Bowl week, capped off with a productive performance in the game.

The Senior Bowl is always a great event that showcases the top senior NFL Draft prospects in the country. Every year, they descend on Mobile, Alabama looking to boost their stock and put their best foot forward in practice, in interviews, and in the game.

There were plenty of prospects who did that this year, from Jermaine Johnson II and Travis Jones to Malik Willis. The tight end group was a position that featured several standouts during the week, one of whom was Wisconsin’s Jake Ferguson.

Ferguson was mostly regarded as an inline tight end in his time with Wisconsin, bringing a ton of effectiveness and help to the Badgers run game. He still offered something as a pass catcher, and passed the 400-yard mark in three of his four seasons. Ferguson has reliable hands and made some tough grabs in his time in Madison.

The Senior Bowl practice tape reflected his abilities, in terms of blocking and receiving. However, Ferguson did a whole lot as a pass catcher during practices, separating with some short area quicks and using his hands and size to create a mismatch at the catch point.

This spilled over into the Senior Bowl game, as Ferguson caught three passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. He worked primarily in drag routes and routes over the middle of the field, and found an opening in space where he found the end zone. The reliable hands and comfort as a route runner shined bright.

The 2022 NFL Draft is deeper at the tight end position, but there might not be a player at the position who had a better week at the Senior Bowl than Jake Ferguson. He showed how he can be a significant part of an offense working inline and as a receiver, and NFL teams certainly took notice.