2. Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
6-4, 264: Everyone is going to try selling you on Rashan Gary and Nick Bosa as the prototype defensive end talents with size, quickness, athleticism and the upside to get a whole lot better.
Ferrell is all of that, and he produced more than those other two.
Out of the four stars on the Tiger defensive front, he was the best killer into the backfield with 27 sacks over the last three seasons with over 50 tackles for loss and 165 tackles.
Yeah, he was surrounded by a ton of talent, but he made everyone around him better, too. He explodes off the ball, and he can power his way to the passer when he has to close.
It’s all there – but he’s not getting as much attention or love because everyone already knows what he is. He’s a safe, sure-thing with almost no bust potential, and he has the upside to get even better, too.
Yeah, he was able to rely on being a part of a line full of guys who required a ton of attention. Yeah, he has a little technique work to do – he’s not going to rely on his power as much at the next level. Yeah, he’s not the speed rusher compared to other blazers in this draft.
Just take him, and watch him become a perennial Pro Bowl performer.
Projected Round: Mid-First
Real Value: First