He does not have much speed which makes it difficult to get open in man coverage/gain yards after the catch.
Has reliable hands when open and his large frame helps him make some catches in traffic. However, his catch radius is very limited, which prevents him from being a big threat in the red zone, despite being 6'5".
Ferguson does not have the speed or quickness to shake defenders when covered man to man, even with crisp routes. When going up against zone coverage or coming out of play action, Ferguson is able to find holes in the defense and work his way open. Can run a solid stick route.
Ferguson does a good job utilizing his strength on the field. He is able to maintain blocks through the play. After the catch he is able to fight through defenders for extra yards.
In a run heavy offense at Wisconsin, Ferguson has taken plenty of game reps run blocking. He is a willing and effective blocker, able to hold onto blocks against DBs, LBs and defensive linemen. He is able to open up holes for running backs and rarely misses blocks.
In the open field he can make a few jukes to gain extra yards, but he is not very agile. His lack of agility shows in route running as well. He does have good lateral quickness for run blocking purposes.
Run After Catch
Due to lack of speed and agility, Ferguson really struggles after the catch. He sometimes has trouble turning up field quickly which doesn't help. Strength helps him gain a few extra yards.
Big Play Ability
Lack of speed, catch radius, and run after the catch ability really limits big play ability.
Ferguson is a strong, block first tight end who is a solid safety option to throw to underneath and through zone defenses. In the Wisconsin offense, he does a lot of run blocking which should translate to the next level.
Ferguson struggles to get open vs man coverage which seriously limits his pass catching ability. His lack of speed and agility is noticeable and limits his ability to run after the catch. As a big target, he should be more of a threat in the red zone but has a small catch radius given his size.
Jake Ferguson is one of the best run blocking tight ends in college football and has a ton of experience doing so. At the next level, he would fit in great with an NFL team who has a receiving tight end that can't play every down. Though he struggles as a pass catcher, Wisconsin's offense doesn't really tend to allow pass catchers to thrive, so he could produce more in a different offense.