After being taken with the fourth overall pick in 2019, Clelin Ferrell has struggled at times. Clearly not the pass rusher the Raiders envisioned, the Clemson product is now working with the back-ups. Could he be available through trade?
What would the trade look like?
Of course, any player in the NFL can be had for the right price. The first part of the equation is finding someone who is willing to make the trade. However, NFL teams have proven to be very willing to give former first-rounders second chances. Alas, even though he was a first-round pick, the Raiders will not be receiving anything close to that for his services. The return would likely be a Day 3 pick going to the Raiders. Las Vegas could be able to sell the fact that he’s a former high selection and good run defender to a team and possibly get a fourth-round pick in exchange.
Is that worth it? Truthfully, yes as Ferrell has been almost a nonfactor since coming to the Silver and Black. Under new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, a pass rush from the EDGE players will be crucial. Thus far, Ferrell has not shown the ability to do so consistently. Recently, the Raiders have done a good job with late round picks as well. Securing players like Maxx Crosby, Hunter Renfrow, and Nate Hobbs, the Raiders would likely value another Day 3 selection.
Let’s Make A Deal
The Raiders would be wise to find a trade partner for Ferrell. While he is a good teammate and leader, he simply does not fit in the current scheme. In all likelihood, Ferrell might prefer a trade as well. This is a situation where a change of scenery really does benefit both sides. With cuts happening today, look for a deal to be made sooner rather than later if one is going to happen.
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