We’re now at the point in the offseason where fans are starting to develop some NFL Draft crushes. Players that have outstanding tape and insane production at the college level tend to occupy fantasies of NFL fans as they wonder what that player would look like sporting their favorite team’s colors.
But there’s also the opposite phenomenon. Just as quickly as people develop crushes, they also start worrying about some of the prospects that have big red flags. Or something you may not see the talented player that others see.
Today, let’s discuss some of the players that fall into that latter category. The Question of the Day is:
Which top NFL prospect are you hoping the Detroit Lions don’t pick with the eighth overall pick?
My answer: I wanted to go with someone that a lot of people are slotting to the Lions, but I just don’t really get it. So my answer is Clemson’s edge defender Clelin Ferrell.
Ferrell has the benefit of coming from a Clemson team that has been a factory of dominant defensive lineman, and his production of 21.0 sacks in his past two seasons in undeniably impressive.
But when I throw on the tape, I don’t see the natural pass rusher that many claim him to be. His athleticism doesn’t pop off the film and his bend around the edge doesn’t appear to be all that special to me. That being said, he has the technical hand usage and strength to potentially be a solid run defender, which is admittedly something the Lions covet in their down linemen.
I think Ferrell has the opportunity to be a good player in the NFL, but I don’t see greatness in him. And with the eighth overall pick, I just don’t see the value there.