The annual NFL Scouting Combine gets underway in two weeks in Indianapolis. Over 300 of the top college players in the country will be in attendance looking to impress teams.
Jaylon Ferguson will not be present. The Louisiana Tech star was originally invited, but has had that invitation revoked, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.
The reason Ferguson can’t participate is because of a simple battery conviction stemming from a fight at a McDonald’s during his freshman year of college. NFL rules dictate that a player can not go to the combine “if a background check reveals a conviction of a felony or misdemeanor involving violence.”
Ferguson was also charged with public intoxication once in college, per NFL.com.
From me and @TomPelissero: #LaTech pass-rusher Jaylon Ferguson, the NCAA’s all-time sack leader, had his Combine invite rescinded. It stems from a fight at @McDonalds. Our story: https://t.co/mOwXwBryRj
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 13, 2019
Ferguson is a major name missing from the event. He is the NCAA’s all-time sack leader, recording 45 during his time at Louisiana Tech, including 17.5 in 2018.
Mel Kiper ranks Ferguson as the No. 6 defensive end in this year’s class. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein compares Ferguson to Marcus Davenport, who was a first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints last year.
The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine is set for February 26-March 4 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.