The Oakland Raiders locked down the first of three first-round draft picks.
The team declared No. 4 overall selection Clelin Ferrell inked his four-year newcomer contract Tuesday. As with all first-round picks, the deal comes with a team option for a fifth season.Viewed as a surprise pick near the top of the draft, the Raiders have glowed about the defensive end’s pro-readiness and acumen to give rise from Day 1 as a player and leader. Oakland defensive coordinator Paul Guenther compared Ferrell to Bengals underrated pass rusher Carlos Dunlap. Ferrell might not have the traits that blow scouts away, but skill and his production at each facet made the Raiders comfy taking him.
The Clemson product won the Award of the 2018 Ted Hendrick, given to the nation’s best defensive end. In his senior season, Ferrell generated 55 tackles — including 20 for loss — 11.5 sacks, four passes defended, three forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries, including one for a TD, earning a consensus first-team All-American selection, first-team All-ACC along with the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
The Raiders also declared they’ve signed safety Johnathan Abram. Abram, the No. 27 overall selection, was appointed to the First-Team All-SEC for Mississippi State in 2018.
The Raiders will now turn their focus to their final round pick, running back Josh Jacobs, that has yet to sign his rookie contract. The club also announced the signing of second-rounder Trayvon Mullen Tuesday.
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