MATTHEWS – Former Butler High football stars Riley Ferguson and Peter Kalambayi recently participated in the four-day NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
Ferguson, a former recorded-setting quarterback at Memphis, received a grade of 5.15, which according to NFL.com translates into a better than average chance to make an NFL roster. Kalambayi received a grade of 5.26, which translates into an NFL backup or special teams potential.
Ferguson, who was one of 19 quarterbacks invited to the NFL Combine, is ranked as the No. 9 quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft by Drafttek.com.
Ferguson’s 40-yard dash time of 4.98 seconds was the second slowest of all the quarterbacks but his time in the 3-cone drill (6.96 seconds) was fifth best and tied with USC’s Sam Darnold, who is considered by some experts as the No. 3 quarterback prospect. Ferguson, however, was faster than Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (7.00 seconds) and UCLA’s Josh Rosen (7.09 seconds). Rosen is at the top of the quarterback board, according to some draft experts.
Ferguson’s time in the 20-yard shuttle of 4.40 seconds was just as fast as Darnold and Wyoming’s Josh Allen, another top 5 prospect. Ferguson did much better in the throwing portion of the combine and showed why he was the first Memphis quarterback to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a single season.
Kalambayi, who played at Stanford, is projected as a late round draft pick and is rated by Drafttek.com as the No. 19 outside linebacker.
The NFL Draft is April 26 to 28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.