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Raiders' top pick Clelin Ferrell signs rookie contract

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NFL: Oakland Raiders-Rookie Minicamp Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday, the Raiders announced that Clelin Ferrell has officially signed his rookie contract.

Ferrell was the fourth overall pick in the 2019 draft and the first of three Raiders first round draft picks. The selection came under some scrutiny from draft pundits, many viewed Ferrell as a mid to later first round talent.

At 6 foot 4, 267 pounds, Ferrell is a prototypical 4-3 defensive end that fits perfectly into Paul Guenther’s system. He will step in as an instant plug and play guy for a Raiders defense that finished dead last in sacks in 2018.

In three years at Clemson, Ferrell started in 44 games and was a key member of two national championship teams. He finished his career with 166 tackles, 50 tackles for loss, and 27 sacks. His 27 sacks ranks him fourth on Clemson’s all time sacks list.

While at Clemson, Ferrell received several honors including 2018 first team All-American, 2018 Ted Hendrick’s Award (nation’s top defensive end), 2018 All-ACC first team, and 2018 ACC Defensive Player of the Year.