In this 2019 NFL Draft profile, we look at the strengths, weaknesses and draft prediction of defensive end Clelin Ferrell, out of Clemson.
In 2015, Clelin Ferrell entered Clemson University as a freshman. By 2016, Ferrell was already making a name for himself as a redshirt freshman.
Ferrell totaled 44 tackles, with almost half of them being solo; 12.5 of them were for a loss. He also added six sacks to the season.
His sophomore year added even better statistics. Ferrell had 66 tackles with 33 being solo. Of those, 18 were for loss and he had 9.5 sacks.
This past season, Ferrell’s total tackles decreased slightly from 66 to 55. However, he did increase his tackles for loss to 20, and his sacks to 11.5. He also won the Ted Hendricks Award, which is given to the best defensive end in the country.
Ferrell has a solid build and frame. He is in control of his body and has a quick first step approach. He’s quick and very instinctive when it comes to getting to the quarterback. He has immense upper body strength and is great at shedding blocks. He has great hand and arm usage. His length aids in his ability to punch and block tackles. He can play multiple positions depending on the defensive scheme. Whether it’s a run or pass, Ferrell does what he has to in order to stop the opponent. He’s a smart player and will do whatever it takes to improve his game.
He needs to become a little more flexible and bend his lower body. He plays upright, and with him being 6’5″ it’s understandable, however, lowering his stance will give him more leverage. Although Ferrell is great against the run, he mainly assists. It seems as if he’s not strong enough and doesn’t fight off blocks as well as he can and should. He will need to gain some weight before the 2019 season.
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The Jets are in luck. This year’s draft class is stacked with edge rushers and edge rushers are just what the Jets have been lacking for year’s. Ferrell would make a great fit for the team, as he is explosive off the snap and will get to the quarterback. He is also very versatile and can play a 3-4 or 4-3 defensive scheme. This is ideal for the Jets just in case they try to switch things up with the new coaching staff.
Ferrell is a first-round pick and will likely be selected before the No. 8 overall pick.