- AProjectionRound 1-2
- YearRS Junior
- Hand10 ½
- Arm34 ⅛
Strong Points: Height and arm length. His frame can carry another 20 pounds. Shows he can be a very good outside pass rusher with his quickness, burst, hand use and closing ability off of blocks. Plays with strength at the point and can shed blocks. Consistent playmaker the past three seasons, including 21 sacks from 2017-18.
Weak Points: Lacks the play speed of many NFL edge rushers. Wins with quickness and hand use, not speed, though he does show catch-up speed in pursuit. Can he drop into coverage and play outside for the 3-4 clubs?
The Way We See It: Ferrell was a very good edge pass rusher for Clemson for the past few years, but his traits don't necessarily translate to being a dominant edge player in the NFL. If he plays for a 4-3 team, I see him as more of a left end than a right end. The more I watch him, the more I liken him to Henry Melton, whom we selected in the fourth round of the 2004 draft when I was with the Bears. Melton played end in college and moved inside to the 3-tech once he got to the NFL, becoming a Pro Bowler. I can see the same thing happening to Ferrell if he gets to the right club. I don't see him as a good fit for a 3-4 ‘D.' The club that drafts him must be confident that he can get to 280-285 pounds. If not, he's an end, a position in which he can be good but not great.
Hub Arkush: Ferrell looks to me to be a guy who will go somewhere between 20 and 40 in this draft to a team that plays a base 4-3 defense and wind up starting for the next five or six years, when he'll be good but never great. Ferrell was an excellent pass rusher at Clemson but was playing on one of the best D-lines in college football and was surrounded by NFL talent. At 6-4, 264 pounds, he's going to have to add at least 10 pounds, preferably 20 in the weight room to hold up against NFL tackles. I don't think we're talking potential bust here, but I do think we're talking limited ceiling.
Best Fit: Jets, Raiders, Lions, Falcons, Panthers, Seahawks, Eagles, Chiefs
Red Flags: Average speed, Good (not great) athlete
NFL Comp: Dee Ford, Yannick Ngakoue