NAME: Clelin Ferrell
JERSEY: No. 99
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 260 lbs
It’s not a matter of if Ferrell will be a first round draft pick, it’s about how high he will ultimately go. Checking numerous critical boxes in an EDGE prospect, Ferrell has the skill set of a coveted player next spring.
Listed at 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, Ferrell brings a dynamic athletic skill set to the table to pair with his ideal physical traits. Blessed with length and quickness, Ferrell knows how to use his gifts on the field and make plays.
As a pass rusher, Ferrell illustrates multiple ways to generate consistent pressure on the quarterback but it all stems from his first step quickness and economy of motion to get home. His steps and stride length are in unison with his plan of attack and it makes him highly effective. His go-to move is a chop-rip that is executed with precise timing to counter the offensive tackles punch and diminishing his surface area that enables him to corner the edge track. Ferrell also showcases a potent spin and inside moves to complement his variety of hand techniques to soften angles and get after the passer.
Ferrell does well to read the blockers set and appropriately attack blocks. He is first with his hands and knows how to keep his pads clean while establishing a half man relationship with blockers. He sharply changes directions and is capable of making plays out to the sideline on the perimeter.
When defending the run, Ferrell showcases excellent gap discipline to maintain his run fits. He does well to set a firm edge while maintaining outside leverage with the ability to also slash through gaps. He has good instincts as to play design and where the ball is going in relationship to blocking schemes.
Entering his third season as a full-time starter after missing his senior year of high school due to an ACL tear and redshirting during his first, Ferrell is primed for a monster season of harassing ACC quarterbacks.