Birthday: December 10, 1983
D’Brickashaw Ferguson is a natural left tackle. He has the feet, balance, technique, and savvy to counter the moves of even the quickest pass rushers, and the long arms to lock on to defenders and not allow them to get to his body. Ferguson has started every game for Virginia at the position since he was an undersized true freshman, and really came into his own as a junior.
“Brick” is something of a renaissance man; in addition to his athletic accomplishments, he plays the saxophone and is majoring in religious studies. He earned a black belt in karate while he was in high school, which he believes has helped with his discipline, leverage, and hand placement as a football player.
Ferguson had to bulk up to his current weight (as recently as 2003 he played at 265 lbs.) and may struggle to maintain it over the course of the season. He’s better at pass protection than run blocking and some scouts would like to see him get more physical and nasty.
If Ferguson continues to fill out and shows more aggressiveness as a drive blocker, he should be one of the first players drafted. Left tackle is one of the hardest positions to fill, and he has the potential to develop into one of the best in the NFL.
(profile written by Warren DeLuca)
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