Ferguson declares for draft, Turner join NFL Combine training facility, Loston and Johnson sign with agent

LSU defensive tackle Ego Ferguson will enter the NFL draft, according to a post on his Instagram today:

Ego Ferguson on Instagram earlier today.

Ferguson, a junior from Mims, Fla., is ranked as the fifth-best defensive tackle in the draft, according to CBSSports.com’s ranking, placing the 6-3, 310-pounder for selection in the second round.

Ferguson is the second LSU player to declare for the draft, joining fellow defensive tackle Anthony Johnson. Ferguson and Johnson were LSU’s starting tackles.

Meanwhile, Ferguson and right guard Trai Turner have joined Athletes’ Performance, an operation that prepares players for the NFL Combine.

Turner, a draft-eligible sophomore, has not officially declared for the NFL draft. Athletes who join to train at the facility don’t have to turn pro, but they are training with hopes of being invited to the NFL Combine, set for Feb. 22-25 in Indianapolis.

Athletes’ Performance is not an agency and the company’s trainees aren’t exclusively NFL draftees, an employee of the company said. Athletes’ Performance announced on Twitter on Friday that Ferguson and Turner would join.

LSU team spokesman Michael Bonnette declined comment on Friday about Turner.

Earlier on Friday, Johnson and safety Craig Loston signed with theMonroe-based agency ProSource Sports, according to the agency’s Twitter handle.

Ego Ferguson says he’s declaring for the draft. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

Six draft-eligible LSU players are projected to be selected in the top four rounds of the draft. The list includes Johnson, receivers Odell Beckham, Jr. and Jarvis Landry, Ferguson and running back Jeremy Hill and left tackle La’el Collins.

Underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to declare. Only Johnson and Ferguson have officially declared for the draft.

Turner, who like Hill did not play his true freshman season and thus is eligible, was not in the group of players thought to make the early leap. Turner is not listed in CBSSports.com’s list of top 56 offensive guards in this year’s draft.

Ferguson finished fifth on the team with 58 tackles this season and blocked a field goal in the loss at Ole Miss. Ferguson did not make the trip to the Outback Bowl because of a “medical” condition, the team said.


  1. Could it be that the reason that so many underclassmen left last year and the heart of LSU’s defense this year are leaving is because they sense that Les Miles cannot take them to the big game which is why LSU players signed on to play after two national championships. But reality has set in for underclassmen at LSU in that it’s just not going to happen with Les Miles at the helm. So, why stay around hoping to get to the big dance when the NFL offers them the opportunity to make money and elevate themselves and their families to better financial futures. Personally, I neve thought Les Miles was going to continue the program’s success following Nick Saban’s departure. I consider Miles a bafoon and incapable of bringing LSU football another SEC championship; much less a national championship. The best I see of Miles are 9-3 and occasional 10-2 regular season records. I predict that in the next 3 years, LSU football will nose dive to 8-4 and go to minor bowls. The obvious answer for LSU football fans who want championships is to change coaches after Miles’ first season of 8-4. That’s my take on Les Miles. A nice man, but not top echelon which is what LSU football fans want.