No surprise, Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell announced on Twitter Thursday night he will declare himself eligible for the NFL Draft.
Many expected the All-American to enter the NFL Draft pool this year after so many of the NFL Draft experts believe he will be a top 10 pick in April’s NFL Draft.
Ferrell led the ACC in sacks (11.5) and tackles for loss (19.5). For his efforts he was voted as the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Ferrell has been a starter for the last three years for the Tigers and has played a big role in Clemson’s two national championships.
The consensus All-American has started every game of his career at Clemson, which will end at 44. He is one of the most dominant pass rushers in Clemson history with 27 career sacks, which ranks third all-time.
This past season, Ferrell helped the Clemson defense rank first in the nation in sacks with 56 and tackles for loss with 136. Clemson also led the nation in scoring defense (13.1 points/game) and rushing yards per attempt (2.5). The Tigers were fourth in rushing defense (96.3 yards/game) overall and fifth in total defense (285.9 yards/game) nationally.
As for Ferrell, he finished the year fifth on the team with 54 tackles. He batted down four passes, forced three fumbles and recovered one.
Ferrell is the fourth junior to declare for the NFL Draft since the Tigers won the national championship on Monday. On Wednesday, cornerback Trayvon Mullen, linebacker Tre Lamar and defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence all declared themselves eligible for the draft.