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The 2019 NFL draft is absolutely loaded with talented defensive linemen and none of them come any more accomplished than Ferrell, the reigning Ted Hendricks Award winner as the nation's top defensive end and Clemson's first two-time, First Team All-American in nearly 40 years (Terry Kinnard, 1981-82).
Ferrell culminated a storybook career at Clemson by helping the Tigers win their second national championship in the past three seasons, registering 55 tackles and setting career highs in tackles for loss (20), sacks (11.5) and forced fumbles (three).
After recording just a single tackle in 2015, Ferrell dominated the ACC the past three seasons, leaving Clemson with an eye-popping 166 career tackles, including 55 tackles for loss and 27 sacks with his tackles behind the line of scrimmage and QB takedowns improving each season.
While Ferrell's success speaks for itself, a toe injury kept him kept him from fully participating at the Combine or Clemson's Pro Day, a fact that could allow some of this year's "other" elite edge rushers to leapfrog him on draft day, deserved or not.
Ferrell has a prototypical frame and experience rushing out of the two-point and three-point stance. Coordinated athlete when stalking the ballcarrier. He has enough speed and agility to flush and finish. Good balance and flexibility to dip under the reach of would-be pass blockers and incorporates his hands into the rush, slapping away the hands of outreached blockers. Can counter with an effective up-under-rip move to complement his speed.
Generates impressive power as a bull rusher, pushing opponents onto their heels with his arms locked out and showing very good leg drive. Steady development in his awareness of the ball, registering all five of his forced fumbles over the past two seasons, including three in 2018. Strong and effective in the running game, where he understands his contain responsibility and does not rush upfield blindly. Very effective use of his long arms and strong hands to stack and shed at the point of attack, including when splitting double-teams.
Projection: First Round
--Field Level Media