After months of speculation and an endless stream of mocks, the wait is over for Raider Nation! Who would be the first selection of the new Jon Gruden-Mike Mayock duo? Much to the dismay of fans who wanted Quinnen Williams, the DT ended up getting picked up by the NY Jets, the Raiders opted to go with Clelin Ferrell out of Clemson.
Raider Nation: Social Media Reacts to Raiders Fourth Pick
With the #4 overall pick in the 2019 @NFLDraft, the @Raiders select DE Clelin Ferrell! #NFLDraft (by @Bose) pic.twitter.com/kyhGkaE5ho
— NFL (@NFL) April 26, 2019
The reaction of many fans in Nashville was rather anti-climatic but let’s see what Raider Nation had to say on Twitter.
Folks, this is why you don't go into the draft with glaring needs without solid veteran placeholders at that particular spot. You start drafting for need–and I LIKE Clelin Ferrell for the #Raiders. I just don't love it at 4.
— Maurice Moton (@MoeMoton) April 26, 2019
While it can be said many were left confused by the pick since Ferrell might’ve been available later in the first round today, it’s nonetheless a solid pick. A true defensive leader.
For now the fans will have to faith in the Gruden-Mayock brain trust as everyone awaits the next two picks later today. The GM said it best himself after the pick.
â€œIt all goes back to this: There were flashier players who people may have had higher on their boards,” Mayock said. â€œOn our board, it was him and Bosa right next to each other at that position.”
He was the guy says Mayock.
â€œWe pretty much knew he would be there,” Mayock said. â€œEverybody else had all the big names up there, but Jon and I came in this morning and double-checked everything, and he was our guy. …