Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby will always be connected together.
They were drafted together in 2019. Ferrell was the No. 4 overall draft pick and Crosby was a fourth-round pick. Now close friends, the pair have been the Raiders’ starting defensive ends in their first two seasons.
Crosby had a better rookie season than Ferrell as he had 10 sacks. While Ferrell has been a better player against the run, he hasn’t had as many impact plays as Crosby, who has 17 sacks in two years. Ferrell has 6.5 career sacks.
Yet, in their player rankings, Pro Football Focus has Ferrell ranked as the No. 32 best edge rusher in the NFL. Crosby is not on the list, which goes to 32 players.
In their reasoning, PFF stated that Ferrell has a better analytical season than Crosby did last year.
I believe the addition of pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue, who is No. 24 on PFF”s list, will help Crosby stay fresh and therefore make more impact plays than he did in 2020 when he may have been overused.
Who do you think will be more valuable to Las Vegas in 2021, Ferrell or Crosby? Let us know in the comments below.
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