The Oakland Raiders secured down the first of three draft selections.
The team announced No. 4 overall selection Clelin Ferrell inked his four-year rookie contract Tuesday. As with all first-round picks, the deal has a team option for a fifth season.Viewed as a surprise pick near the peak of the draft, the Raiders have glowed about 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. Ferrell may not own the traits that blow scouts away, but skill and his consistent production in each facet made the Raiders comfy taking him.
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 loss — 11.5 sacks, four passes defended, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, including one for a TD, making a consensus first-team All-American choice, first-team All-ACC and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
The Raiders declared that they’ve signed security 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 focus to their first round pick, running back. Tuesday, the club also announced the signing of Trayvon Mullen to his rookie deal.
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