Rookie Watch #3: Clelin Ferrell, 4th Pick
On the surface, there’s nothing wrong with Ferrell. But Clemson’s defensive line is so loaded that it’s not that surprising he was able to rack up 27 sacks over the last three seasons. The Tigers had four defensive linemen drafted this year, including three in the top-20 picks. Teams had to focus on Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins, which made things a little easier for Ferrell.
Things may not be so easy in the NFL, especially in Oakland. The Raiders will be expecting big things from Ferrell right away. In a way, that sets him up for failure and disappointment.