Clelin Ferrell has shown flashes of brilliance on tape. Although he hasn’t put it all together, some believe year three will be the year that the 4th overall pick in the 2019 draft class breaks out. Last year, Ferrell put together a solid year. He had 10 quarterback hits in 11 games. PFF noted his progress.
In 2020, Ferrell showed improvement, yet remained underrated by many. You cannot understate his impact when you look at the wins versus the Chiefs and Jets. He had a combined 15 pressures, which included 2 sacks, and multiple hits on the quarterback. Now entering year three, if Ferrell can stay healthy for a full 17 games, the explosive defensive end might make major impacts that go beyond sack production.
Recently, PFF wrote an article in which they ranked Ferrell as one of the leagues top-32 pass rushers:
Ferrell hasn’t lived up to the expectations that come with being a top-five pick in the NFL draft, but he was much improved in his second season out of Clemson in 2020. Ferrell improved his overall grade from 62.3 to 76.1 to go along with a 3.5 percentage point jump to his pressure rate in the 11 games he appeared in. He is trending in the opposite direction of fellow 2019 draftee Maxx Crosby, whose overall grade fell nearly eight points from his first to second season last year.PFF
Ferrell is one of very few players in the league that can line up at defensive end on one snap, and then jump to the inside to that 3-tech defensive tackle position, and make positive impacts from both spots. If Clelin Ferrell can stay healthy, expect him to have a career year under new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
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