Clelin Ferrell
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Ferrell with the Oakland Raiders in 2019
No. 99 – Las Vegas Raiders
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1997-05-17) May 17, 1997 (age 25)
Richmond, Virginia
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Benedictine
(Richmond, Virginia)
College:Clemson (2015–2018)
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2021
Total tackles:78
Sacks:7.5
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:9
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Clelin Ferrell (born May 17, 1997) is an American football defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson, and was drafted by the Raiders in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Personal life

Son to Cleavester and Faye Ferrell, both in the military.[1] Ferrell has four brothers and four sisters, all at least 10 years older than him.[1] His parents enrolled Clelin at Benedictine College Preparatory, a private military academy in Richmond, Virginia, because they believed that he needed some more structure.[1] Clelin’s father, Cleavester, died from cancer in March 2012, when Clelin was a freshman in high school.[1] The entire Benedictine junior varsity team attended the funeral to show their support.[1] Clelin committed to play college football at Clemson nearly three months before he would tear his ACL,[1] which caused him to miss his senior football season. Ferrell was still ranked as the fifth best prospect in the state, the seventh best weak-side defensive end, and the No. 101 prospect in the country by 247 Sports.[2]

College career

At Clemson, Ferrell suffered a hand injury that 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 Sugar Bowl. The Tigers took care of business in 2018, beating Alabama in that year's national championship 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.[3]

On January 13, 2018, Ferrell announced that he would return to Clemson for his junior season.[4] On January 11, 2019, Ferrell announced that he would forgo his final year of eligibility and declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.[5]

College statistics

Year Team GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Total Loss Sack Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2015 Clemson 1 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 Clemson 14 21 23 44 12.5 6.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
2017 Clemson 14 33 33 66 18.0 9.5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
2018 Clemson 15 29 26 55 20.0 11.5 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 3
Total 44 84 82 166 50.5 27.0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 1 5
Source:[6]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Bench press Wonderlic
6 ft 4+38 in
(1.94 m)
264 lb
(120 kg)
34+18 in
(0.87 m)
10+12 in
(0.27 m)
4.4 s 7.26 s 25 reps 21
All values are from NFL Scouting Combine[7][8]

Ferrell was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the first round with the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.[9] This selection was met with great criticism as Ferrell was widely regarded as a late first round pick, while several other defensive linemen more highly-rated than Ferrell like Josh Allen and Ed Oliver were available.[10] On June 18, 2019, Ferrell signed his four-year rookie contract, worth a fully guaranteed $31.2 million, including a $20.8 million signing bonus.[11]

2019

Ferrell in a game against the Tennessee Titans
Ferrell in a game against the Tennessee Titans

Ferrell made his NFL debut in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football. In the game, Ferrell made three tackles and recorded his first sack on Joe Flacco in the 24–16 win.[12] In Week 10 against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football, Ferrell recorded 8 tackles and sacked Philip Rivers 2.5 times in the 26–24 win.[13]

2020

Ferrell was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Raiders on November 17, 2020,[14] and activated on November 26.[15] In Week 13 against the New York Jets, he recorded two strip sacks on Sam Darnold that were recovered by the Raiders during the 31–28 win.[16] On December 30, 2020, Ferrell was placed on injured reserve.[17] He finished the season with 27 tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles through 11 games.

2022

On April 29, 2022, the Raiders announced that they would not pick up the fifth-year option on Ferrell's contract, making him a free agent in the 2023 offseason.[18]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Brenner, Aaron (September 7, 2016). "Clelin Ferrell's tough-love journey from military school to Clemson starter". Post and Courier. Archived from the original on September 4, 2020. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  2. ^ Rapp, Timothy (June 4, 2014). "Clelin Ferrell to Clemson: Tigers Land 4-Star DE Prospect". Bleacher Report. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  3. ^ "NFL Draft & Combine Profile - Clelin Ferrell". www.nfl.com. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  4. ^ Raynor, Grace (January 13, 2018). "In stunning news, Clemson football learns Clelin Ferrell and others will return to Clemson in 2018". Post and Courier. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  5. ^ Crawford, Brad (January 11, 2019). "Clemson pass rusher Clelin Ferrell declares for 2019 NFL Draft". 247 Sports. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  6. ^ "Clelin Ferrell College Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  7. ^ "Clelin Ferrell Prospect Info". National Football League. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Wonderlic Scores for NFL Draft's Top Prospects Have Leaked". April 22, 2019.
  9. ^ Wesseling, Chris. "Oakland Raiders select Clelin Ferrell at No. 4 overall". NFL.com. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  10. ^ "NFL Draft 2019: Clelin Ferrell to Raiders at No. 4 pick shocks Twitter".
  11. ^ "Raiders, No. 4 overall pick Clelin Ferrell agree to four-year contract".
  12. ^ "Raiders beat Broncos 24–16 in 1st game after Brown's release". www.espn.com. Associated Press. September 9, 2019. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  13. ^ "Raiders rally to beat Chargers 26-24". www.espn.com. Associated Press. November 7, 2019. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  14. ^ Alper, Josh (November 17, 2020). "Raiders put Clelin Ferrell, Lamarcus Joyner on COVID-19 list". NBCSports.com. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  15. ^ Damien, Levi (November 26, 2020). "Raiders activate DE Clelin Ferrell from reserve/COVID-19 list". USAToday.com. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  16. ^ "Las Vegas Raiders at New York Jets - December 6th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  17. ^ "Clelin Ferrell ruled out for season finale vs. Broncos". Raiders.com. December 30, 2020. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  18. ^ Gordon, Grant (April 29, 2022). "Raiders decline fifth-year options for DE Clelin Ferrell, RB Josh Jacobs, DB Johnathan Abram". NFL.com. Retrieved June 22, 2022.