Clemson’s Ferrell declares for 2019 NFL Draft

Clemson’s Ferrell declares for 2019 NFL Draft
Clemson's Clelin Ferrell celebrates after the Tigers made a big defensive stop against Syracuse in Clemson, S.C. on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

CLEMSON, SC (WIS) - One day after three of his teammates opted to leave for the NFL Draft, Clelin Ferrell is doing the same.

On Thursday, the Clemson junior defensive lineman announced his decision to forgo his senior year and make the jump to the pros.

“For those who know me, understand how hard it is for me to write a letter like this because it means the coming to an end of a truly life-changing experience to be at my second home the last 3-and-a-half years,” Ferrell said. “ My love for this team, program and school is everlasting and the memories it has given me will forever hold a special place in my heart.”

Ferrell, a first-team All-ACC selection for the Tigers, had 49 tackles and a team-high 18 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. For his effort, Ferrell was also awarded the Ted Hendricks Award, which is given to the country’s best defensive end. He was also a consensus first-team All-American.

With his decision, Ferrell becomes the third starter from the defensive line to enter the NFL Draft joining teammates Austin Bryant, Christian Wilkins, and Dexter Lawrence.

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