Clelin Ferrell

Clemson
DE

Prospect Info

College
Clemson
Hometown
Class
Richmond, VA
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
264 lbs
34 1/8”
Hands
10 1/2”

Prospect Grade

6.07
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Oakland
Raiders
Round 1 ‧ Pick 4
40 Yard Dash
--u
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Bench Press
25
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
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Broad Jump
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3 Cone Drill
7.26
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.4
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60 Yd Shuttle
12.07
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Though Ferrell was an all-state football star at Benedictine College Prep in Virginia, an all-male military school, he suffered through some difficult times. His father passed away when he was a freshman, and he missed his senior football season with a torn ACL. Ferrell was still ranked among the top 10 defensive end recruits in the country. Unfortunately, his bad luck continued once he arrived at Clemson, as a hand injury forced him to redshirt the 2015 season. Ferrell stood out as a freshman the following fall, sharing the team's defensive rookie of the year award with Dexter Lawrence after posting 50 tackles, 12.5 for loss, and six sacks in 15 starts. He made an impact in the ACC Championship Game (sack) and national semifinal (Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP with three tackles for loss, sack) for the eventual title-winners. His sophomore season was even more impressive. Ferrell was named first-team All-American by the Associated Press, first-team All-ACC by league coaches and a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end (63 tackles, 18 for loss, 9.5 sacks, two forced fumbles in 14 starts). Clemson coaches named him co-defensive player of the game (two tackles, sack) in the team's loss to Alabama in the national title game. The Tigers took care of business in 2018, beating Alabama thanks in part to Ferrell's All-American play. The first-team All-ACC selection and winner of the Ted Hendricks Award racked up 53 stops, 19.5 for loss, 11.5 sacks, four pass breakups, and three forced fumbles in 15 starts.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1
NFL Comparison
Derrick Morgan
Overview
Highly productive 4-3 defensive end with prototypical size, length and strength to offer early help against both the run and pass. Playing next to NFL talent in all three years certainly made things easier for Ferrell, but his edge-setting and rush plan improvements are self-made. His rush can be leggy and gradual and might not get home as often in the pros, but NFL coaching might further unleash his physical traits and turn him into a star. Ferrell is a complete defender and steady talent who could start early for a 4-3 stop unit.
Strengths
  • Prototypical frame with broad shoulders and long arms
  • Posted 36.5 tackles for loss and 21 sacks since 2017
  • Excellent snap reaction and is first off the ball
  • Slippery and gets skinny into gaps to disrupt
  • Plays behind his long arms
  • Traits to punch and control blocker's frame in setting edge
  • Plays with toughness and unloads shoulder into leads and pulls
  • Skilled hands for quick wins and sheds
  • Projectable power rusher on next level
  • Talent to convert early leads in the pass rep into sacks
  • Long, flailing arms with violent hands
  • Targets tackle's inside or outside hand when attacking punch
  • Base to drive through redirect blocks and squeeze pocket
  • Low, smooth clockwise spin move has potential
  • Attentive in redirecting tight ends into routes
Weaknesses
  • Below-average fluidity and agility in movement
  • Unable to sustain early burst at the top of the rush
  • Hands and feet not always in unison
  • Inside moves and transitions can be mechanical and awkward
  • Average burst to close
  • Rush speed takes a big hit in the fourth quarter
  • Hands linger and lack suddenness
  • Struggles to gather weight and veer off path to tail pocket-climbers
  • Limited lateral quickness and change of direction in space
  • Could use better knee bend
  • Suspect anchor against angle blocks
  • Slow to unglue once tackles capture his frame
  • Marginal open-field tackling ability

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league