By: Steve Johnson
Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson
6’4 3/8″ 264lbs
34 1/8″ arms. 10 1/2″ hands.
DNP 40 DNP Vert. DNP Broad Jump. 25 Bench Reps.
7.26 3 Cone Drill 4.40 20 yard Shuttle
2015: 1 games. 1 tackle.
2016: 14 games. 44 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 6 sacks, 2 pass break ups
2017: 14 games. 66 tackles, 18 TFL, 9.5 sacks, 1 pass break up, 2 FF
2018: 15 games. 55 tackles, 20 TFL, 11.5 sacks, 2 pass break ups, 3 FF, 1 FR (TD)
Accolades: 2016 National Champion, 2017 First team All-ACC, 2017 First-team All-American, 2018 Consensus All-American, 2018 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, 2018 National Champion
History: Four-star recruit out of Richmond. Has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, will forego his Senior season.
Strengths: NFL size and length. Excellent get off. Quick feet and hand usage. Fiery and physical player, who plays like a mad man. Good initial punch. Sets a good edge in the run game. His length keeps him clean from blockers. Has good feel for blocking concepts. Has lined up in a 2 point stance, and even dropped into coverage at times. Productive player, 38 TFLs and 21 sacks in career. Motor is non stop,
Weaknesses: Not an elite athlete. Doesn’t have natural bend. Closing speed isn’t great. Seems a little tight hipped in pursuit. Can play too fast for himself, and needs to become more refined. Needs to add to his pass rush repertoire. Could production be somewhat because of such a great Clemson front?
Overview: Ferrell is long and has great playing strength to anchor and disengage in the run game. He lacks the elite bending athleticism, but with good coaching could become a better pass rusher in the NFL. He’s a solid starter for years to come, but doesn’t have the same upside as some of the rushers in this class.
Draft Projection: Late First
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.25
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