NFL draft: Louisiana Tech DE Jaylon Ferguson helping tornado victims as he prepares to be drafted

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This was supposed to be one of the more memorable weeks of Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson’s life, as he gets selected in the NFL draft.

It’ll still be memorable, just not in the way he expected. And he might not find out he’s drafted for a while.

Tony Pauline of reported Thursday that Ferguson was among the people searching for victims of a tornado that hit Ruston, Louisiana.

Because cellphone service has been affected, NFL teams that try to call Ferguson aren’t sure to get through.

Fatal tornado hits Ruston

Priorities changed in a hurry. The tornado killed a mother and her 14-year-old son, according to ABC News. The governor said he declared a state of emergency for the state, ABC said.

Louisiana Tech is located in Ruston, and the school said its students were safe.

Ferguson starred for Louisiana Tech last season. He put himself in position to be drafted. That dream will still come true, even if there are more important issues to deal with this week.

"Instead of having a draft party and celebrating a lifelong dream, he's out helping other people," Ferguson's agent, Safarrah Lawson, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. "It speaks to this young man's character."

Jaylon Ferguson was a fantastic pass rusher in college

Ferguson led the FBS in sacks with 17.5 last season, and broke Terrell Suggs’ career record of 44 in his final game for Louisiana Tech.

Ferguson has been projected as a day-two pick, going in the second or third round. His pass-rush ability will always be coveted in the NFL.

For most prospects, the call they get from the NFL team drafting them is a life highlight. We don’t know if Ferguson will be able to get that call, as he and the Ruston community deal with more important things.

Defensive end Jaylon Ferguson of Louisiana Tech (45) was affected by a tornado that hit Ruston, La. (AP)
Defensive end Jaylon Ferguson of Louisiana Tech (45) was affected by a tornado that hit Ruston, La. (AP)

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