Clemson University

First Tiger off the board: Clelin Ferrell selected in NFL Draft’s opening round

Three months ago Clelin Ferrell won a national title in California. Now the former Clemson star is heading back there to play football once again.

The Oakland Raiders selected Ferrell in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft on Thursday. Ferrell was selected No. 4 overall by the Raiders after being projected to be a mid-to-late first round pick leading up to the draft.

Ferrell won two national titles during his time at Clemson, leading the Tigers in tackles for loss with 19.5 and sacks with 11.5 in 2018. He won the Ted Hendricks Award presented to the nation’s top defensive end this past season. Ferrell was a finalist for the award in 2017.

The Virginia native was a consensus first-team All-American in 2018 and joins a Raiders team that finished 4-12 last season.

Ferrell is one of several defensive linemen from Clemson expected to be drafted, along with Dexter Lawrence, Christian Wilkins, Austin Bryant and Albert Huggins.