Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, fourth overall, Thursday night.
Ferrell, who accumulated 50 tackles for loss in only three seasons at Clemson to rank sixth on the career leaders list in that category, watch the draft unfold from home, surrounded by family and friends and ESPN cameras as well.
Ferrell wound up being the first of three Clemson defensive linemen drafted in the first round along with Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence. Clemson has had at least one first-round draft pick for six of the last seven years, but had never produced more than two first-round selections in the same draft.
Ferrell loves to fish and loves to eat blue crabs, but here are a few more facts about the Richmond, Virginia, native.
How do you pronounce Clelin Ferrell’s name?
Ferrell was too polite to correct the media throughout much of his career, but the true pronunciations of both Clelin and Ferrell came to light during the NFL Combine.
Clelin Ferrell is a big-time movie buff
Ferrell will look for any excuse to watch a flick, even if he’s seen it before.
His all-time favorite is Shawshank Redemption, the 1994 drama featuring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. But his favorite actor is known for his roles in such films as Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile and Forrest Gump.
“Tom Hanks is definitely my favorite for sure,” Ferrell said. “But I do like Leonardo DiCaprio and Denzel Washington, too. Comedic-wise, I like Mike Epps, Seth Rogen and Will Ferrell.”
Clelin Ferrell was the best “talker” on the Clemson Football team
Gregarious, humorous and insightful, Ferrell quickly developed a reputation among the media as a reliable “go-to” guy for comment on a variety of topics, including many well outside the realm of football.
Not surprisingly, Ferrell in January was named recipient of the inaugural Tim Bourret Award, which recognizes the Clemson football player who best represents himself, his teammates and Clemson University in the media. Voting on the award was split into thirds, with one-third of the vote belonging to local media, one-third to the Sports Information staff and one-third belonging to Coach Dabo Swinney.