Raiders Select Clemson Defensive End Clelin Ferrell With No. 4 Pick In 2019 NFL Draft
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders made at surprise pick by selecting Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

It was reported before the draft that the Raiders would make a surprise pick, but no one could have known that it would be Ferrell.

The hope for the Raiders had to be for either Nick Bosa or Quinnen Williams to slip to them at No. 4, but they went second and third, respectively. So instead of taking Ed Oliver or Josh Allen, the organization deicded to reach a bit and take Ferrell, who was projected to go in the teens or 20s.

What Ferrell will do though is help a Raiders pass rush that ranked dead last by a wide margin in 2018 with just 13 sacks. He had 166 total tackles, 50.5 tackles for loss and 27 sacks in his four years at Clemson.

Ferrell was named the 2016 Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP, ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2018, a Consensus All-American in 2018, First-team All-American in 2017 and 2018 and First-team All-ACC in 2017 and 2018.

The Raiders front office still has more work to do and more needs to address. They hold the No. 24 and 27 picks in the first round later Thursday night.