The Oakland Raiders secured down the first of three draft picks.
The group declared No. 4 overall selection Clelin Ferrell invited his four-year newcomer contract Tuesday. As with first-round selections, the deal comes with a team option for a fifth season.Viewed for a surprise pick at the peak 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 might not have the traits that blow scouts away, but ability and his production in each facet made the Raiders comfortable taking him.
The Clemson product won the Award of the 2018 Ted Hendrick, 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, earning a consensus first-team All-American choice, first-team All-ACC and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
The Raiders announced that they’ve signed security Johnathan Abram. Abram, the No. 27 overall pick, was appointed 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 Josh Jacobs, who has yet to signal his rookie contract. The team also announced the signing of Trayvon Mullen into his rookie deal Tuesday.
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