2019 #4 Oakland Raiders - Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
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OUTLOOK: The 2019 NFL Draft is absolutely loaded with talented defensive linemen and none of them come any more accomplished than Ferrell, the reigning Ted Hendricks Award winner as the nation's top defensive end and Clemson's first two-time, First Team All-American in nearly 40 years (Terry Kinnard, 1981-82). Ferrell culminated a storybook career at Clemson by helping the Tigers win their second national championship in the past three seasons, registering 55 tackles and setting career-highs in tackles for loss (20), sacks (11.5) and forced fumbles (three). He was one of a handful of prospects across the country to earn an invitation to the prestigious Under Armour All-American game at the end of his senior season in high school. Not impressed? Well, take into account that Ferrell had missed the entire year with a right knee injury and yet still was invited - though he did not play on account of the injury. Ferrell's knee injury (a torn ACL) did not keep Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables from personally recruiting him, though the injury (and talent ahead of him on the depth chart) may have played a role in the decision to redshirt the Virginia native in 2015. Ferrell did not look any worse for the wear a year later, helping Clemson fans forget about the production lost with Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd heading to the NFL. He started all 15 games and shared Co-Defensive Rookie of the Year honors with fellow defensive lineman (and future first round pick) Dexter Lawrence.