Yes, Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell is listed higher on this ranking for the 49ers than Josh Allen. But before anyone says the usual “you don’t know what you’re talking about,” listen to the argument.
Ferrell is far better against the run than Allen, so let’s get that out of the way. If you’re looking for a true every-down defender, Ferrell should be your guy over Allen.
Both Allen and Ferrell display excellent bend and a solid variety of pro-level pass-rushing moves. That’s important, and Ferrell’s 6-foot-5, 260-pound frame is comparable to that of Allen — another bonus. And both players’ motors run at a high level, which almost never relegates Ferrell to being out of the play.
But the one major thing separating Ferrell from Allen, at least in this NFL Draft breakdown and ranking, is the observation the former’s hand movement is far better than that of Allen. This has led to many of his sacks — 21 over the last two seasons at Clemson — being far more impressive.
Ferrell wins out in run defense, hand movement and is also a better, truer fit for the 49ers at a LEO, weak-side pass-rushing spot.
He could also be in consideration for the Niners’ top pick in April’s draft, particularly if Ferrell aces his NFL Scouting Combine.