The Raiders have signed No. 4 overall pick Clelin Ferrell, according to a team announcement. Per the terms of his slot, the Clemson product will receive a four-year deal worth $31.4MM with a $20.8MM signing bonus. And, as a first-round pick, the Raiders will hold a fifth-year team option to continue his contract through the 2023 season.
Ferrell’s selection was the first major shock of the draft. With the No. 4 overall pick, many expected the Raiders to tap Kentucky pass rusher Josh Allen, but as it turns out, the Raiders were never all that enamored with him. The Raiders badly wanted Ferrell, and despite his late first-round rank on most draft boards, the Raiders were not willing to wait and risk losing out on him.
Ferrell, lauded for his toughness and work ethic, finished out his Clemson stay with new career highs in tackles for a loss (20) and sacks (11.5). Questions remain about his agility and open-field tackling ability, but the Raiders still envision big things for the 6’4″, 264-pound athlete.
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