Defensive end Clelin Ferrell hasn’t necessarily made a big splash in his second season as a pro. The No. 4 overall pick from the 2019 draft is however quietly turning into a formidable force at the line of scrimmage.
Ferrell ranks 14th among all edge defenders with a 74.7 overall grade on a 100-point scale from Pro Football Focus and is also 14th against the run with a 75.5 grade.
His final score of 62.3 last season ranked 76th out of 104 qualifying edge defenders as he tried to balance playing a familiar defensive end role with doing what was asked of him when the team moved him inside to tackle.
He did all that while trying to maintain his body through an illness that caused him to drop weight early in the season.
Coach Jon Gruden has noticed the improvement.
“He’s getting better,” Gruden said. “He’s playing next to new teammates and with a new defensive line coach. And he’s played against some good opponents so far. We know one thing with Ferrell: We’re going to get every ounce of energy he has.”
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