The Raiders promised a surprise, and they delivered.
Oakland selected former Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the No. 4 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Your newest Raider.⁰⁰
— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) April 26, 2019
Widely considered a first-round prospect, Ferrell was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and won the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end. He logged 53 tackles (19 1/2 for loss), 11 1/2 sacks and three forced fumbles for the Tigers in 2018 and capped the season by helping Clemson rout Alabama to claim the national title.
Ferrell though was projected by many mock drafts to go in the 15-to-25 range and not in the top 10.
However, according to multiple reports, the Raiders really liked Ferrell and didn’t want to risk waiting for him and taking him later in the draft where they have two more first-round selections at No. 24 and No. 27.
Interestingly, Ferrell comes from a military family, as his parents served and he attended a military high school and played for a drill sergeant at Clemson in defensive coordinator Brent Venables.
Oakland certainly has a defensive void to fill after the team traded outside linebacker Khalil Mack to the Bears last year, and Ferrell has the credentials to do so.