The Oakland Raiders secured down the first of three first-round draft selections.
The group announced No. 4 overall selection Clelin Ferrell invited his four-year newcomer contract Tuesday. Much like first-round picks, the deal comes with a team option for a fifth season.Viewed as a surprise pick near the top of the draft, the Raiders have glowed regarding the defensive end’s pro-readiness and acumen to give rise from Day 1 as a player and leader. Oakland defensive coordinator Paul Guenther compared Ferrell into Bengals underrated pass rusher Carlos Dunlap recently. Ferrell may not own the traits that blow scouts away, but his production and skill in every aspect made the Raiders comfy taking him.
The Clemson product won the 2018 Ted Hendrick’s Award, given to the nation’s top defensive end. In his senior season, Ferrell generated 55 tackles — including 20 for loss — 11.5 sacks, four passes defended, three forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries, including one for a TD, making a consensus first-team All-American selection, first-team All-ACC and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
The Raiders announced that they’ve signed safety Johnathan Abram to his rookie deal. Abram, the No. 27 overall selection, was named to the First-Team All-SEC for Mississippi State at 2018.
The Raiders will now turn their focus running back. Tuesday the team also announced the signing of Trayvon Mullen to his rookie deal.
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