NASHVILLE, TN (WWBT) - Clelin Ferrell’s name appeared no higher than pick 13 in major mock drafts across the country, but the Benedictine product did not have to wait long at all to hear his name called.
The Oakland Raiders selected Ferrell with the No. 4 overall pick in Thursday night’s NFL Draft, taking the defensive end inside the first hour of the event. He was one of three Clemson defensive lineman taken in the first round.
Ferrell’s selection adds him to Richmond area history. He’s the highest NFL Draft pick from the region since Varina’s Ken Willard was picked second in 1965 by the 49ers, and is just the eighth player from the metro area taken in the first round of the event. He’s also the first area player drafted in the first round since Hermitage’s Duane Brown in 2008, who was the 26th pick by the Texans.
During his three years at Clemson, Ferrell helped lead the Tigers to two national championships. In 2018, he was a consensus first-team All-American and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
Ferrell watched the draft at a private party in Richmond with family and friends. He was clearly emotional when shown on the broadcast of the draft on his call with the Raiders.
As for the Redskins, they got their quarterback without even having to trade up. Washington selected Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins with the 15th pick on Thursday night.
Haskins was considered by many to be the most complete quarterback prospect in the draft. He was a one-year starter for the Buckeyes, but made the most of that lone season, leading the nation in passing yards (4,831) and passing touchdowns (50), while guiding the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record.
The Redskins then traded with the Colts for pick No. 26 and selected Montez Sweat, a linebacker from Mississippi State.
Washington will have three picks on Friday- No. 46 in the second round, and 77 and 97 in the third round.
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was the top pick in this year’s draft, selected by the Arizona Cardinals.
The NFL Draft continues from Nashville on Friday with the second and third rounds. The first pick of the second round is set for 7:00pm.
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