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Clelin Ferrell | Defensive End

Team: Clemson Tigers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 5/17/1997
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 265

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Clemson redshirt junior DE Clelin Ferrell was named the winner of the 2018 Ted Hendricks Award.
We saw much of the award-season hardware doled out on Thursday. Much, but not all. Ferrell coming in a day later with the Hendricks, doled out annually to the best defensive end in the country. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound redshirt junior concluded the regular season having registered 47 tackles (17.5 for loss), 10.5 sacks and two forced fumbles across 13 games played. He'll be looking to wreck further havoc against Notre Dame in Clemson's Playoff semifinal later this month. In addition to the Hendricks Award, Ferrell earlier was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and received recognition as an all-conference first-team performer. Dec 7 - 2:11 PM

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Clemson redshirt junior DE Clelin Ferrell (knee) was back on the field for the Tigers' next defensive series during the second quarter of Saturday's game against Duke.

Ferrell was briefly taken to the injury tent after suffering the injury while celebrating a sack, but it didn't appear to be a serious injury. And that was in fact the case, as he was back on the field for the following series.
Nov 17 - 8:18 PM

Clemson redshirt junior DE Clelin Ferrell (knee) was taken to the injury tent during the second quarter of Saturday's game against Duke with an apparent knee injury.

Ferrell injured his knee while celebrating a sack with teammate Christian Wilkins, grabbing his knee immediately after landing. The redshirt junior defensive end did have a smile on his face when entering the injury tent, so the issue may not be a serious one for him.
Nov 17 - 8:10 PM

Clemson redshirt junior edge rusher Clelin Ferrell went No. 2 overall to the Oakland Raiders in Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline's latest mock draft.

Ferrell (6'4/265) is shaping up as a top-10 player, and the fit with the Raiders is an obvious fit. HC Jon Gruden traded away Khalil Mack for draft picks, and Ferrell could be the first pick to replace Mack's elite production on the edge. Ferrell has 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and 13 tackles for loss in 10 non-full games. In the same mock draft, EDGE Nick Bosa goes first to the Giants.
Nov 11 - 3:12 PM

The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard said Clemson redshirt junior edge rusher Clelin Ferrell was "as good as it get" in Saturday's narrow 28-26 victory over Texas A&M.

Beyond playing well in general, he made a big dent in the stat sheet recording "two sacks, a forced fumble, 3 tackles-for-loss and three additional pressures, including three straight near-sacks on the Aggies final drive of the game." Ledyard believes the only thing holding Ferrell back is his "bend at the top of the arc." If he can keep turning in performances like this Ferrell should be a lock to go within the top-10 picks.
Sep 9 - 11:18 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Clemson redshirt junior edge-rusher has "top 10 potential."

Amazingly, Pauline grades him that highly, but ranks him third among Clemson defensive lineman behind Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence. Ridiculous. He notes that Ferrell is an excellent pass-rusher, but he's also a quality defender of the run. "Ferrell shows outstanding athleticism and the ability to make plays in space," writes Pauline. "He’s terrific out of a three-point stance and can also stand over tackle effectively." Don't be surprised if Ferrell ends up the top pick among Clemson players, and that is saying something.
Jul 29 - 1:45 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein lists Clemson redshirt junior edge rusher Clelin Ferrell fourth among defensive lineman to watch for in 2018.

Zierlein came away impressed when watching Ferrell's tape as a playmaker this summer; much more so than the tape he studied after the 2016 season. He compares him to Kevin Dodd and Shaq Lawson; two dominant defensive lineman for the Tigers in the earlier part of the decade. "Ferrell might benefit from playing on a stacked defensive line at Clemson, but many of his 18 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks were self-made," Zierlein writes. "Clemson has four defensive linemen who should be drafted and Ferrell might have the best upside of them all."
Jul 15 - 10:57 AM

An anonymous scout told Bleacher Report's Matt Miller that Clemson redshirt junior edge-rusher Clelin Ferrell is "on a different level" than previous Tiger defenders.

"I liked [Shaq] Lawson and [Kevin Dodd] when they were coming out, but this one is on a different level," the scout told Miller. "Strength, length, burst, instincts. He has it all." Ferrell was a surprise returner for the Tigers, and while he doesn't get quite the hype of some of the other defensive lineman in the class, he's certainly one of the best defenders on paper to begin the year. As Miller notes, he's going to be playing with the best defensive lines in the country -- and one of the most talented we've seen in quite some time. "Offensive lines will have to focus on someone," Miller writes, "which could mean plenty of one-on-one looks for the No. 10 player in the class to wreak havoc."
Jun 11 - 12:04 PM

CBS Sports draft writer Chris Trapasso projects the Giants to take Clemson redshirt junior DE Clelin Ferrell with the second pick in his 2019 mock draft.

Ferrell was a surprise returner for the Clemson defensive line, but if he does go second as Trapasso projects, it will be a wise decision. He'd be the second defensive end drafted in this scenario, as Ohio State's Nick Bosa goes first overall to the Browns in the mock. "Ferrell is a long, explosive defensive end who tallied 9.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss a season ago," writes Trapasso. "Many -- including myself -- thought he'd have been a first-or second-round pick in 2018. He'd fill a big need on the edge for New York."
Source: CBS Sports
May 14 - 11:47 AM

Clemson HC Dabo Swinney announced that redshirt sophomore DE Clelin Ferrell is returning to school for his junior season.

It's a massive return for the Tigers. Ferrell (6'5/265) was one of the best pass-rushers in the ACC in 2017, finishing with 9.5 sacks and 18 tackle for loss. He was projected by some to be a mid first-round selection, but he'll return to the Tigers in hopes of improving his stock and playing for another chance for the playoffs. Clemson fans should be thrilled.
Jan 13 - 7:51 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline is hearing that Clemson redshirt sophomore DE Clelin Ferrell, junior DL Christian Wilkins and junior DE Austin Bryant could return to school for the 2018 season.

"There’s a belief from some at Clemson that the longer this carries on, the less likely the trio will enter the draft," Pauline writes. "Scouts have been telling people they believe Ferrell will return for another season with the Tigers." The analyst additionally passes along that all three players are tight with each other and may make a joint draft decision one way or another. If the trio does return, it would be a huge boost for the Tigers and would shake up the draft board considerably. All three players in question are legitimate Day 1 prospects.
Jan 10 - 4:35 PM

Clemson redshirt sophomore DE Clelin Ferrell had five TFL and 12 tackles in Saturday's win over NC State.

Old hat for Ferrell, who reached five TFL for the second time in three games. "Ferrell also has long arms and strong hands," Kiper wrote. "He needs to work on developing consistent pass-rushing moves, but the third-year sophomore is a first-round prospect. He's likely a prototypical 4-3 end in the NFL." Kiper ranks Ferrell as the No. 2 draft-eligible DE for the 2018 draft.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 06:00:00 PM

Clemson redshirt sophomore DE Clelin Ferrell went off for seven tackles, 5.5 TFL and 3.5 sacks in Friday's loss to Syracuse.

Though his team suffered a devastating upset defeat, Ferrell was everywhere, consistently harassing Orange QB Eric Dungey. "He showed off his incredible athleticism, explosion and quickness from start to finish," Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline wrote. "On more than one occasion he showed great pursuit speed, chasing then catching ball carriers from the backside." Draft Analyst grades Ferrell as the No. 6 overall player in the upcoming draft class. Pauline reports that "many" expect the redshirt sophomore to declare for the draft after this season.
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 08:29:00 PM

Clemson redshirt sophomore DE Clelin Ferrell suffered a concussion in practice earlier this week.

Ferrell has not been medically cleared to return to action as of yet. Playing as a true freshman this past season, the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder recorded 44 tackles (12.5 TFL) and six sacks over the course of 14 games. There is no current timetable for his return.
Thu, Aug 10, 2017 07:44:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline says Clemson redshirt sophomore DE Clelin Ferrell "is taller, leaner and much better rushing the passer" than teammate Christian Wilkins.

Pauline thinks Wilkins is a top-15 value, and he rates Ferrell higher. "He overwhelms opponents with athleticism and a bit of power," Pauline wrote of Ferrell. "I like Ferrell’s upside and growth potential and feel he has the makings of a top-10 pick if the pieces fall into place." ESPN's Mel Kiper listed Ferrell No. 14 overall on his 2018 big board.
Wed, Jul 26, 2017 03:17:00 PM