The Las Vegas coaching staff and front office inevitably placed unrealistic expectations on Clelin Ferrell from the start.
The then-Oakland Raiders made a huge splash during the offseason after the 2017 NFL season, bringing Jon Gruden out of retirement. Gruden, who had led the Raiders into being one of the best teams in the NFL in his first go-around, made some immediate splashes, including one that involved a young, future Hall of Famer.
Gruden delved into a deep roster purge, and his first order of business was trading away former All-Pro edge defender Khalil Mack. With the strongest facet of an overall underwhelming Raiders defense gone, he knew that he would have to quickly fill the void.
Enter the fourth overall draft pick of the 2019 NFL draft, Clelin Ferrell. You all know the story and obvious shockwaves that reverberated around the league after that selection. However, no matter how talented whomever Las Vegas chose with that selection, there was already immense pressure on them to succeed.
Unfortunately for Ferrell, his first two NFL seasons have not gone as they have hoped for injuries, production, and overall impact. Unfortunately, as he enters his third training camp, the clock is against him.