Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell was selected fourth overall by the Oakland Raiders in Thursday night’s opening round of the NFL Draft, a pick that exceeded pre-Draft expectations for the Tigers sacks and tackles for losses leader this past season and the first of three former Clemson defensive linemen taken among the top 17 picks.
Ferrell matches Banks McFadden, Gaines Adams, and Sammy Watkins’ fourth overall selections and had 11.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in the Tigers’ 2018 national title season, finishing with 53 tackles.
Christian Wilkins went 13th overall to the Dolphins. Wilkins had 57 tackles including six sacks and 16 tackles for loss this past season.
Dexter Lawrence was then taken 17th overall by the New York Giants, who were not daunted by Lawrence testing positive for a banned substance ahead of the College Football Playoff.
The trio of Tiger defensive linemen taken in the first round is the first since N.C. State had three DLs taken in round one last decade.