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Raiders Select Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell with the 4th Pick in the NFL Draft

With the fourth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Raiders went defense, taking Clelin Ferrell of Clemson to help beef up their defensive line.

Here’s some highlights of Oakland’s new big man

Here’s a scouting report on Ferrell from Walter Football:


Well rounded
Effective pass-rusher
Nose for the quarterback
Good first-step
Burst to close
Potential for repertoire of moves
Active hands
Uses hands and feet at the same time
Excellent rip move
Quality motor
Consistent producer
Good in pursuit
Enough speed to get around the corner
Solid run defender
Can hold his ground at the point of attack
Enough speed to get around the corner
Good vision
Athletic enough to redirect
Splash plays


Not overly fast
Not overly strong
Should continue to refine pass-rushing moves

Summary: In the passing-driven NFL, edge defenders who can get after the quarterback are always in demand. Off his speed, athleticism and length, Ferrell has the potential to be an impactful edge defender with double-digit sack potential as a pro. Over the past few years at Clemson, Ferrell proved to be a consistent quarterback hunter who improved his run defense to become a well-rounded player.

In 2016, Ferrell had a strong debut as a redshirt freshman with 44 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks and two passes batted while helping Clemson to win the National Championship. Ferrell then put together a big statistical season as a redshirt sophomore, but he was even better than the numbers indicate. In 2017, he totaled 66 tackles with 18 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, one pass batted and two forced fumbles. However, Ferrell put a ton of heat on the quarterback and the pressures that he started led to production for his teammates as quarterbacks scrambled toward other defenders while trying to escape Ferrell.

In his final season of college football, Ferrell once again helped Clemson with a National Championship, recording 55 tackles with 11.5 sacks, 19.5 tackles for a loss, four passes batted and three forced fumbles during 2018. Ferrell could have returned for another season, but he entered the 2019 NFL Draft with the rest of Clemson’s starting defensive line.

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