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 all first-round picks, the deal has a team option for a fifth season.Viewed for a surprise pick at the top of the draft, the Raiders have glowed about the defensive end’s pro-readiness and acumen to contribute from Day 1 as a player and leader. Oakland defensive coordinator Paul Guenther compared Ferrell into Bengals underrated pass rusher Carlos Dunlap. Ferrell may not own the traits that blow off scouts off, but his constant generation and ability in each facet made the Raiders comfortable taking him with a pick.
The Clemson product won the 2018 Ted Hendrick’s Award, given to the nation’s best defensive end. In his senior season, Ferrell generated 55 tackles — including 20 for reduction — 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. Abram, the No. 27 overall selection, was named to the First-Team All-SEC for Mississippi State in 2018.
The Raiders will now turn their attention to their final round pick, running back. The team also announced the signing of second-rounder Trayvon Mullen to his rookie deal Tuesday.
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