Oakland Raiders sign first-rounders Clelin Ferrell, Johnathan Abram

By Connor Grott

June 18 (UPI) -- The Oakland Raiders signed first-round draft picks Clelin Ferrell and Johnathan Abram to their rookie contracts, the team announced Tuesday.

Ferrell, the No. 4 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, and Abram, the 27th pick, were two of the Raiders' three first-round choices. Alabama running back Josh Jacobs, the 24th overall pick, hasn't signed his rookie deal.


The first-round picks inked standard four-year rookie contracts. As with all first-rounders, the deals come with a team option for a fifth season.

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Ferrell, who starred at Clemson, won the 2018 Ted Hendricks Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive end. During his senior season, Ferrell recorded 55 tackles, including 20 for a loss, with 11.5 sacks, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Ferrell earned a consensus first-team All-American selection, and was named first-team All-ACC and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

Abram was named first-team All-SEC while playing at Mississippi State in 2018. The safety played two seasons with the Bulldogs and compiled 170 tackles, including 14 tackles for a loss, five sacks, two interceptions, 10 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 26 games (18 starts).

The Raiders also announced the signing of second-round pick and cornerback Trayvon Mullen to his rookie deal Tuesday.

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