The Oakland Raiders needed a pass rusher and with the No. 4 overall pick, they got one.
Former Clemson Tiger – and reigning College Football Champion – Clelin Ferrell. The defensive end is a proven player at the collegiate level, and many analysts think he boasts the highest ceiling among the pass rushers in the 2019 draft class.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ferrell's body of work, here are some things you should know:
1. Tested on some of the biggest college stages.
Ferrell was a member of the Tigers for four seasons and put up some impressive numbers during that time: 44 games played, 164 tackles, 50.5 tackles for loss, 27 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, and 7 passes defensed.
2. One of the most prolific pass rushers in Clemson history.
Productive resume and started more games (44) than any other pass rusher in Clemson history.
3. He's got rings.
Two-time CFP National Champion.
*4. Connected to Raiders legend. *
Ted Hendricks Award winner; Hendricks served as a member of the Silver and Black for nine seasons.
5. Recognized as the best defensive layer in his conference.
ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
6. Comes from a big family.
Youngest of nine children.
7. Raised in a military household.
Comes from a military family, his parents served a combined 46 years in the U.S. Army.
8. Multiple Tigers on the Raiders defensive line.
Ferrell is a proud Clemson Tiger, as is his new defensive line coach, Brentson Buckner. The Raiders D-line coach attended Clemson in 1993, just a few years before Ferrell.
Ferrell joins the Raiders after serving as a captain on the Clemson football team and is widely regarded as a phenomenal locker presence. His advanced hand use, displaying strong rip, chop and swipe moves demonstrates his physicality at the line of scrimmage. He also has disciplined eyes to read and track the football, stays away from mistakes.
One thing Head Coach Jon Gruden and General Manager Mike Mayock have done in free agency is sign experienced winners, players who know what it takes to win and what it takes to get there. Ferrell fits this mold, serving on Clemson's championship squads and he'll help instill a new culture of Raiders football.
With the 4th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Raiders select Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell.