Kansas City Chiefs draft prospect profile: Clelin Ferrell, Clemson linebacker
By Thomas Welte
Ferrell has a massive wingspan, which is pretty to look at but not much good if he doesn’t know how to use it. Luckily, Ferrell does and exceptional job of using his length to keep blockers away from his frame.
To pair with his long arms, Ferrell is an above average hand fighter in the trenches. Ferrell is quick to get his hands on the opposition and if he cannot get to the QB he has a decent chance of batting the ball. His hands are quick enough but flash the ability at times to be quicker.
For anyone who loves defensive line play, Ferrell is a treat to watch. He has a nice mix of bull rush, rips, stabs, swipes, and even busts out a spin move occasionally. His go-to move is the rip and he excels at it. He also understands how to set up and use counter moves to keep linemen on their toes.
Ferrell is not at an elite level of quickness, but he is one step down. I’d consider him at the top end of above average quickness and it is possible he could take that next step (no pun intended) at the next level. Either way, on tape, Ferrell is usually the first guy off the line on a very stacked front which is a good sign for him.
Versatility and Football IQ
Ferrell is listed as a weak side defensive end, but Clemson moves him around a lot. He is used on both ends of the line and often rushes from a 2 point (standing) position. Ferrell also has plenty of experience being dropped into coverage and looks serviceable in a short zone drop. Additionally Ferrell shows an inherent understanding of positioning, angles, and leverage that you do not always see in athletes of his caliber.