Clelin Ferrell

DE, Junior

6-5, 265, #99 

Fighting For Respect. 

By TOM

2018: Ferrell has gotten better this season. He looks more and more like a top five pick every time I see him play. I thought Bryant was a little better than he was last season (2017). However, he has shown himself to be much better than Bryant this season. When all is said and done, he should be the fourth Edge guy taken after Bosa, Allen, and Sweat.

Alabama 2018: Nice power rip that he used to beat Jonah Williams a few times. When the QB was flushed he can tackle him seven or eight yards downfield. He has so many moves on the edge. He is not just a pure athlete. He is a smart rusher, who obviously worked on a multitude of moves. Nice job stunting inside and finding a lane to the QB. He gets to the QB as fast as anyone. 

He can put speed to power, and knock the top OLT off his feet, and sack the QB. He has everything you want in an DE. Great inside burst on runs inside to get the RB. I thought he was a better run defender this season. He can set the edge, and send the RB inside, and then slip the OLT and tackle the RB inside at the LOS. Very impressive stunter inside. He has the speed and bend to get under two blockers, and turn up field to hit the QB. 

A&M 2018: He really looks the part. When he sees it, he get into the backfield fast. I question his eyes sometimes. When you put a TE on him, he can burst right inside him to the QB handing the ball off to the RB. Elite burst inside on short yardage. He has the quickest blast off of the four. Nice double slap inside to pull the OLT out of the way. 

He looks bigger this year. He can burst into the backfield before the crack-back, and grab the RB. He will drop out and cover in the flat. He reminds me of McGinest. When he gets his hands on the OLT’s arms, he is past him and to the QB in a flash for the Sack. Great burst upfield to win with speed to sack the QB. A&M was doubling him in the 4th when they tried to come back. 

FLA ST: He blasted off against FLA ST, shoved the OLT off balance on the shoulder pads with great speed to power, then dipped under him. The OLT recovered a little and got his hands on him and tried desperately to drive him back, and pushed him a foot to far behind the QB. Then he turned inside and dived out. He hit the QB on the right arm (from the left side) and knocked the ball out for a strip sack. There is no a better blend is size, burst, speed, aggressiveness, bend, and agility, in this Draft. 

Louisville: They will go into Odd fronts, and he will essentially play the 5-Tech. He can beat the ORT from the inside out with a great shove and rip to hit the QB from the 5-Tech. Then he'll find the RB in the backfield on the next play. Terrific job on the stack and shed to stop the RB on the Draw. Smart and disciplined leader. 

Even with the double team, it amazes me that they would have the QB rollout to Ferrell’s side. He just hits the QB anyway. Great job getting to the QB through the double team and dragging the OLT to the QB. Love his ability to slice inside the ORG and right into the RB in the backfield. He does a great job pushing the OLT up and back. Then stopping and grabbing the RB trying to run under him on the draw. It is amazing how fast he gets upfield, but can still play the run. 

NC ST: Better against the run this season. He is the guy NC ST was doubling whenever they could. Teams can still run at him. He is a better rusher than Bryant, but not always as good against the run. I liked Bryant better last season. But Ferrell was clearly the better player in 2018. He really stepped it up this season. He will zone drop sometimes for some reason. He can only be held down for so long. He slapped off TEs like they are speed bumps. 

Fighting Irish: He gets into the backfield so fast he can grab the RB before he gets going. It is amazing how fast he can get upfield. Then spin back and get the QB moving forward before he can reach the LOS, and punch the ball out as well. His punch out of the ball against ND was not just a great play, it was an athlete feat. He was almost ten yards upfield when the QB took off. Ferrell sliced past the OLT again, and punched the ball out as they both fell to the ground. 

Duke: He is so quick to the QB, that the Duke QB caught the shotgun snap, hopped on his toes twice, and Ferrell had already slapped the OLT’s hands down, dipped under him, and was grabbing Jones to stop the throw. Jones slipped out, and Ferrell fell down to his right. Jones took off to his left. Ferrell got up and ran out to the flat and sacked him, as he stopped to try and throw again. That is as great sack as I have ever seen. He is so friggin' relentless. Amazing: burst, anticipation, speed, technique, strength, and then resilience and determination. 

Overview: Redshirted the 2015 season before a prolific run as a three-year starter from 2016-18 … completed college career with 166 tackles, 50 tackles for loss, 27.0 sacks, 51 quarterback pressures, seven pass breakups and five caused fumbles in 2,167 snaps over 44 games (all starts) … left Clemson as only the second two-time, first-team AP All-American and the school’s first such player since 1981-82 … despite playing only three seasons, his 44 starts were the most by any defensive end/outside linebacker in school history … ranked tied for fourth in Clemson history with 27 career sacks, tied with William “Refrigerator” Perry … entered 2018 as the No. 7 player in the nation in the preseason by Sports Illustrated and No. 8 player by NFL.com … No. 4 defensive end in the nation in the preseason by Lindy’s.

2018: Won the Ted Hendricks Award, awarded to the nation’s top defensive end … Bednarik Award semifinalist … consensus first-team All-American, earning selections by AFCA, AP, Sporting News and Walter Camp … with the AP selection, became Clemson’s first two-time, first-team AP All-American since Terry Kinard in 1981-82 … ACC Defensive Player of the Year … first-team All-ACC … unanimous first-team AP All-ACC selection and earned AP ACC Defensive Player of the Year…voted as a permanent team captain … credited with 53 tackles (19.5 for loss), 11.5 sacks, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries including one recovered for a touchdown in 691 snaps in 15 games (all starts) … recorded three tackles, including a sack, in season opener against Furman … racked up three tackles — all for loss, including two sacks — at Texas A&M, earning ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors and collecting a team defensive player of the week award … compiled seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks in a team defensive player of the week performance vs. Georgia Southern, becoming the first Clemson player to have two or more sacks in consecutive games since Vic Beasley against Florida State and North Carolina in 2014 … scored the first touchdown of his career, recovering a fumble in the end zone at Georgia Tech … posted three tackles vs. Syracuse … recorded a sack among his four tackles at Wake Forest … made five tackles, including 2.5 for loss, vs. NC State … recorded a sack at Florida State to move past Brentson Buckner and Bryant McNeal (22.0 each) on the school’s all-time leaderboard for career sacks … contributed five tackles (including a half-sack) vs. Louisville … recorded a sack among his two tackles at Boston College … notched 2.5 tackles for loss with 2.0 sacks among his three tackles vs. Duke … contributed two tackles vs. South Carolina … added five tackles (1.5 for loss) against Pitt … recorded four tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery as Clemson held No. 3 Notre Dame to three points in the Cotton Bowl … tied William Perry (28.0) for fourth-most career sacks in school history with his sack in the Cotton Bowl … contributed four tackles, including 1.5 for loss, in National Championship Game vs. No. 1 Alabama

Clelin Ferrell 2017:

2017: One of five finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award … first-team All-American by AP and Sports on Earth; became just the third Tiger freshman or sophomore in history to earn first-team AP All-America honors, joining Sammy Watkins and Deshaun Watson … second-team All-American by The All-American, CBS Sports, Football Writers Association, Rivals, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and USA Today … First-Team All-ACC selection … first-team All-ACC by AP and Phil Steele … had 63 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 12 quarterback pressures, a pass breakup and two caused fumbles in 717 snaps over 14 games (14 starts) … second in the ACC in sacks and second in tackles for loss.

Ferrell Vs FLA ST 2017:

Vs FLA ST: He had three tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack, two quarterback pressures and a caused fumble against Florida State on Nov. 11; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game.

He uses his long arms so well on tosses to his side to keep the OLT off his shirt. He will step inside to 5 and 4-tech. He beat the OG inside from the 4-tech like a drum. He does a good job covering the RB out of the backfield. He can really power the OLT inside on the Dive to his side on short yardage. He is an underrated run defender. 

He does a good job extending his arms and setting the edge. Clemson DLs have to play with a lot of 3-4 or two-gap techniques. He can be a little late off the snap sometimes when he keys run. He will slam inside sometimes, to free up the outside blitzer, and then chase the QB taking off on the opposite side and go and get him downfield. 

He will fall for the outside fake, and give up the inside run. Nice job picking up the H-back sneaking out of the backfield. Nice job setting the edge against the double team, and sending the RB inside into the LB. Great job reaching out and slapping at the ball, when he turns the corner behind the QB and can't grab him. 

 Ferrell Vs NC ST 2017.

Vs. NC ST: He had a team-high 12 tackles, five tackles for loss and a sack at No. 20 NC State on Nov. 4; named ACC Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week; named team co-defensive.

Clelin can tackle the QB when he runs the option right into him. Great job using his hands and feet in balance to change direction in the rush to get to the QB. He needs to stay in school. But he has that knack for hitting the quarterback. Consistently gets into position to make a play, but misses too often. Nice job setting the edge with his long arms, and still making the tackle when the RB burst inside. Great run defender on the edge.

They will double him with the OLT and OLG sometimes, and then send the RB into him on the Play action. Teams scheme against him a lot. He has the best explosion upfield off the snap of the four DLs, which is really saying something. Great hop outside, and then an elite burst inside to go and hit the QB. 

He is a very underrated run defender. He was all over the RBs against NC ST. He kept bursting into the backfield and grabbing the RB. I was a little shocked. He seems to go up big in big games. 

Ferrell Vs Alabama 2017.

Vs Alabama: He had two tackles and a sack in 70 snaps against No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game.

He is a beast fighting on the edge in the run. He is so good at pushing the OLT up with his long arms, and driving him back with his feet chugging to find his way to the QB. I love his instincts hands and feet in the rush. He will chase the QB across the field, and then downfield, and tackle him five yards downfield. When Clemson needed a stop, he shed the OLT with an explosive burst inside and a shoulder club, and sacked the QB.

He is big DE, it is easy to forget how big both Clemson DEs are. He can really uses his hands and arms well to sack the QB. Quick initial burst. Nice inside Swim. When he doesn't keep his hands moving he looses. He has great quick hands. He is not a 240 speed rusher. He is more of the 260-270 pound edgerusher the Pats have stolen the past few years in Flowers and Wise. 

He can tackle the QB when he runs the option right into him. Great job using his hands and feet in balance to change direction in the rush to get to the QB. Nice job setting the edge with his long arms, and still make the tackle when the RB burst inside. He will burst outside and pick up the RB sneaking out of the backfield. 

He is not great in coverage on the 2nd level, but he will hit and grab RB enough so the QB looks to the other side. He does a good job setting the Edge. When he goes unblocked on the fake, he runs straight to the QB and gives him a good crack. He has nice power in his hands when he is chopping and shoulder slapping his way past the ORT. Great blend of size, speed, and athleticism. 

Ferrell Vs. Alabama 2017:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc9rDjJsKeU

Ferrell's Official Bio:

Overview: Redshirted the 2015 season before a prolific run as a three-year starter from 2016-18 … completed college career with 166 tackles, 50 tackles for loss, 27.0 sacks, 51 quarterback pressures, seven pass breakups and five caused fumbles in 2,167 snaps over 44 games (all starts) … left Clemson as only the second two-time, first-team AP All-American and the school’s first such player since 1981-82 … despite playing only three seasons, his 44 starts were the most by any defensive end/outside linebacker in school history … ranked tied for fourth in Clemson history with 27 career sacks, tied with William “Refrigerator” Perry … entered 2018 as the No. 7 player in the nation in the preseason by Sports Illustrated and No. 8 player by NFL.com … No. 4 defensive end in the nation in the preseason by Lindy’s.

2018: Won the Ted Hendricks Award, awarded to the nation’s top defensive end … Bednarik Award semifinalist … consensus first-team All-American, earning selections by AFCA, AP, Sporting News and Walter Camp … with the AP selection, became Clemson’s first two-time, first-team AP All-American since Terry Kinard in 1981-82 … ACC Defensive Player of the Year … first-team All-ACC … unanimous first-team AP All-ACC selection and earned AP ACC Defensive Player of the Year…voted as a permanent team captain … credited with 53 tackles (19.5 for loss), 11.5 sacks, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries including one recovered for a touchdown in 691 snaps in 15 games (all starts) … recorded three tackles, including a sack, in season opener against Furman … racked up three tackles — all for loss, including two sacks — at Texas A&M, earning ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors and collecting a team defensive player of the week award … compiled seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks in a team defensive player of the week performance vs. Georgia Southern, becoming the first Clemson player to have two or more sacks in consecutive games since Vic Beasley against Florida State and North Carolina in 2014 … scored the first touchdown of his career, recovering a fumble in the end zone at Georgia Tech … posted three tackles vs. Syracuse … recorded a sack among his four tackles at Wake Forest … made five tackles, including 2.5 for loss, vs. NC State … recorded a sack at Florida State to move past Brentson Buckner and Bryant McNeal (22.0 each) on the school’s all-time leaderboard for career sacks … contributed five tackles (including a half-sack) vs. Louisville … recorded a sack among his two tackles at Boston College … notched 2.5 tackles for loss with 2.0 sacks among his three tackles vs. Duke … contributed two tackles vs. South Carolina … added five tackles (1.5 for loss) against Pitt … recorded four tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery as Clemson held No. 3 Notre Dame to three points in the Cotton Bowl … tied William Perry (28.0) for fourth-most career sacks in school history with his sack in the Cotton Bowl … contributed four tackles, including 1.5 for loss, in National Championship Game vs. No. 1 Alabama.

2017: One of five finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award … first-team All-American by AP and Sports on Earth; became just the third Tiger freshman or sophomore in history to earn first-team AP All-America honors, joining Sammy Watkins and Deshaun Watson … second-team All-American by The All-American, CBS Sports, Football Writers Association, Rivals, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and USA Today … First-Team All-ACC selection … first-team All-ACC by AP and Phil Steele … had 63 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 12 quarterback pressures, a pass breakup and two caused fumbles in 717 snaps over 14 games (14 starts) … second in the ACC in sacks and second in tackles for loss … had four tackles in 26 snaps against Kent State on Sept. 2 … had five tackles, a sack, team-high three quarterback pressures and caused fumble in 67 snaps against No. 13 Auburn on Sept. 9 … had three tackles and two quarterback pressures in 56 snaps at No. 14 Louisville on Sept. 16 … had four tackles and two quarterback pressures in 54 snaps at No. 12 Virginia Tech on Sept. 30 … had a sack in 48 snaps against Wake Forest on Oct. 7 … had eight tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and a pass breakup in 81 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 13; named ACC Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week; named team defensive player-of-the-game … had six tackles in 25 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 28; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had a team-high 12 tackles, five tackles for loss and a sack at No. 20 NC State on Nov. 4; named ACC Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had three tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack, two quarterback pressures and a caused fumble against Florida State on Nov. 11; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had four tackles in 27 snaps against The Citadel on Nov. 18 … had five tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack in 39 snaps at South Carolina on Nov. 25 … had four tackles and a tackle for loss in 35 snaps against No. 7 Miami (Fla.) in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2 … had two tackles and a sack in 70 snaps against No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game.

2016: Shared team defensive rookie-of-the-year honors with Dexter Lawrence … produced 50 tackles, including 12.5 for loss and six sacks, to go along with a team-high 24 quarterback pressures in 15 games (15 starts) … started first collegiate game at Auburn, and posted three quarterback pressures … posted two sacks in the win over No. 3 Louisville, part of 10 tackles for loss against the Cardinals … tallied three-yard sack in Clemson’s road win over Boston College … defensive player of the game against Florida State, when he recorded two tackles for loss, a sack and a pass breakup in Clemson’s big win … posted half a tackle for loss in game against Pittsburgh … had a pass breakup and two pressures against South Carolina … posted two tackles for loss, including a sack, in ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech … named defensive Most Valuable Player in the Fiesta Bowl after posting three tackles for loss, including a sack … played just 36 snaps due to injury in the National Championship Game, but contributed two pressures and a tackle for loss.

2015: Redshirted.

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