What's more, the 23-year-old flanker claims he has already learnt a great deal from his countryman and says he expects more of the same during the 10-match tour of the Republic.
"Paul is a great leader," Ferris told Setanta Sports News.
"He's done a fantastic job with Munster and he's captained Ireland on a few occasions.
"I''ve a lot of respect for Paul and I wish him all the best with the captaincy. I'm sure he'll not let the British & Irish Lions down at all.
"He's a massive player and playing alongside him for Ireland I've learnt so much off him over the last few months and hopefully that will stand me well when I put on a Lions shirt.
"He's definitely the man for the job and if I am there beside him I'll be supporting him all the way."