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Giants may trade for Raiders DE Clelin Ferrell

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Markelle Lee and Clelin Ferrell celebrate during a game in 2021.

For the first two weeks of the season, the New York Giants were without two of their starters on the sidelines due to injury — Aziz Ojulari (calf) and first-round pick Kyvon Thibodeau (knee).

While both players are likely to play in Week 3, the Giants could be looking to trade Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Clelin Ferrell, who could help the team’s depth.

Ferrell played just over 25% of the defensive snaps in 2022. The No. 4 pick in the 2019 draft is likely to leave next offseason, and the Raiders may choose to sell low if the team trades the defensive end before the trade deadline .

It was a move suggested by Bleacher Report’s Joe Tansey, with the Giants giving up a seventh-rounder in the deal.

“If nothing else, the Ferrell deal would be a low buy for a player who has failed to live up to his position in the draft,” Tansey wrote. “Giving away a seventh-round pick in exchange for a former first-rounder may be worth taking a chance on a player who can provide depth at a position you need.

More about Clelyn Ferrell

There was a reason Ferrell, 25, was the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Clemson. He was a 4-star recruit and one of the top 100 players in the recruiting class of 2015. During Ferrell’s time with Clemson, he was a two-time national champion, he was also a two-time All-American and ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 .He finished his college career with 50.5 tackles for loss, 27 sacks, and five forced fumbles.

Unfortunately, Ferrell only racked up eight sacks in his first three seasons. He established himself as a backup player with the Raiders after starting 26 games in his first two seasons in the league. Ferrell remained on the depth chart behind Pro Bowlers Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones. Even though Ferrell is only 25, there’s reason to believe other teams, which could include the Giants, would want to buy low and give him a fresh start.

Ferrell had 43 games of regular season experience, recording 80 total tackles (50 solo), including 12 tackles for loss, eight sacks, 24 quarterback hits, nine passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one sack, according to Pro Football Report.

The Giants have received production from the Backup Defenders

With Thibodeaux and Ojulari missing the first two games, the Giants played Oshane Ximines and Jihad Ward at outside linebacker.

Both players did their part. Ximinez recorded a pass breakup in each of the first two games, along with three quarterback hits, five total pressures and his first sack of 2019. His 80.5 overall PFF grade ranks 18th among tight ends, while his 75.5 run defense rating is 12th-highest at the position.

“I’ve been saying that from the beginning. Again, I don’t know where you were last year. I just know where it is this year. His mind is fine,” Dabol of Ximines after last Sunday’s win. “He was a big part of our football team. He has energy. I think he has talent. I think Wink is getting talent out of him. He is a confident player.”

Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale named Ward the team’s Week 1 defensive player as he recorded six total tackles.

Overall, the Giants should be happy with the edge rushing group so far.