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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gives Duke redshirt junior QB Daniel Jones a 5th-to-6th round grade.

Jones has shown flashes of brilliance in his time with the Blue Devils, and flashes of, well, the opposite. Pauline was a fan of the strides the signal-caller took a year ago, but didn't see the development in 2017. He does note that Jones sees the field well -- a frustrating thing considering the turnovers he's had at Duke -- and knows where his targets are. "His accuracy seemed to get away from him too many times last season," Pauline writes, "which is a major red flag on my board." Jones is clearly talented, and if he has can put it together, he has a chance to be a top 100 selection.
Jul 30 - 2:01 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline grades Duke redshirt junior LB Joe Giles-Harris as the top Blue Devils' draft prospect.

Giles-Harris (6'2/229) gets a second-to-third round grade. That's a big improvement from 2017, when Pauline graded him as a late-round selection. "He’s a fast, fierce linebacker who runs down ball handlers laterally, sells out on the blitz and shows skill in zone coverage," writes Pauline. "I was super impressed the way he progressed in all facets of his position and feel he’s well on his way to developing into a three down defender." Harris has been incredibly productive, and assuming that continues in 2018, he's going to be one of the first linebackers off the board -- assuming he doesn't return to school.
Jul 30 - 12:42 PM

The NCAA has granted Duke redshirt sophomore OL Jack Wohlabaugh immediate eligibility for the upcoming season.

Wolabaugh (6'4/293) initially signed on with Ohio State as a four-star recruit in the 2016 class and (following a freshman redshirt) did not see the field during the past campaign. News of his impending transfer to Duke broke in January. Yet to surface, just why the NCAA has granted his waiver for immediate eligibility. Regardless, this is Duke's gain. Wolabaugh had already been practicing with the team in the spring and now that he's been cleared to play this year, he'll be entering August camp vying for a rotational role on the offensive line, likely at guard or center.
Jul 11 - 12:59 PM

Duke received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 DE R.J. Oben.

In addition to Duke, Oben received offers from a variety of schools including Louisville, Northwestern, North Carolina State, and Army. Rivals describe Oben as "a very disciplined defensive end that has done a great job of progressing year over year. He has become a much more aggressive prospect that knows how to keep the edge of the defense secure. Oben has expanded his arsenal of hand techniques and can now beat offensive linemen to the inside and outside."
Source: Rivals
Jun 15 - 11:40 AM

Duke redshirt junior LB Joe Giles-Harris recorded the second-most run stops in 2017 among returning FBS linebackers with 52.

A 2019 draft prospect, Giles-Harris (6'2/229) racked up 125 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, and one interception during his dominant 2017 season. If he performs at a similar level this upcoming season, he could be one of the top linebackers selected in the draft.
Jun 13 - 1:06 PM

Dismissed Duke redshirt junior PK/P Austin Parker has been reinstated to the program.

Parker was dismissed in December due to a violation of team rules. Blue Devils HC David Cutcliffe explained on Wednesday that he was being brought back to the team due to his having regained good standing in the eyes of the coaching staff, noting that the redshirt junior has shown "humility" while in exile. Parker is starting up summer classes at the university this week. His return to the fold brings some stability to the special teams department, as he nailed 17-of-21 field goal attempts this past season, while also offering a respectable leg at punter via an average of just over 42 yards a boot.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 2:55 PM

Pro Football Focus lists Duke junior CB Mark Gilbert as one of the players to watch for the 2019 NFL Draft class.

Duke's defense will have a couple of names to watch according to PFF, as they also are big fans of junior LB Joe Giles-Harris. Gilbert was one of the breakout stars of the ACC last year, intercepting six passes and finishing with 15 breakups as well. As PFF notes, he allowed just a 38.3 completion percentage, and his frame (6'2/175) "puts him on the NFL radar."
May 5 - 12:39 PM

Pro Football Focus lists Duke junior LB Joe Giles-Harris as a player to watch for in the 2019 draft.

Giles-Harris was sensational in 2017 as a sophomore, posting 125 tackles -- 16 of them for loss -- and posting a 90.4 PFF grade in the process. Inside linebackers generally aren't early selections, but if Giles-Harris (6'2/229) shows three-down linebacker ability again in 2018, he'll be one of -- if not the -- first to come off the board.
May 4 - 7:44 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports RB Shaun Wilson was "really impressive" at Duke's pro day.

Wilson (5'8/185) performed extremely well in his athletic testing, most notably touching 37 inches in the vertical jump and running a 4.43 40-yard dash. He has met with the Tennesse Titans and Cleveland Browns so far and has private workouts with the Los Angeles Chargers and Carolina Panthers scheduled for this week. Wilson has been a consistent contributor in the Blue Devils' offense for his entire career, compiling over 3,000 yards from scrimmage and over 1,000 his senior year. As an athletic all-purpose back with significant college production, Wilson should be good late-round addition for a team in the draft.
Apr 4 - 8:14 PM

Duke redshirt freshman T Patrick Leitten is scheduled to undergo knee surgery on Friday.

Leitten (6'7/265) injured his left knee in practice on Monday. He's already been ruled out indefinitely and we'll have to wait on a concrete recovery timetable. The redshirt freshman was a three-star recruit in Duke's 2017 class.
Source: 247Sports
Mar 29 - 3:02 PM

Duke received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 CB Jalen Alexander.

This is an upset in the recruiting circles, as most analysts projected Alexander to head to Auburn. Instead, the 6-foot, 165-pound corner picks the Blue Devils over the Tigers along with offers from schools like Oklahoma, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Missouri, just to name a select few. He currently ranks as the 47th best corner on 247 Sports composite rankings. It sounds like the Blue Devils are getting one of the top corners out of the always loaded state of Georgia.
Source: Rivals
Feb 25 - 11:33 AM

Duke is hiring Louisiana Tech LB coach Lanier Goethie to serve in the same capacity.

Goethie previously played under Blue Devils HC David Cutcliffe at Ole Miss. In addition to coaching at Louisiana Tech, he's also been a part of staffs for Delta State and North Greenville, and he served as a graduate assistant for Cutcliffe at Ole Miss as well.
Feb 18 - 6:04 PM

Duke named DL coach Ben Albert as a co-defensive coordinator.

Albert will be the co-defensive coordinator with Matt Guerrieri, who coaches safeties for the Blue Devils. The tandem will replace Jim Knowles, who left to become the DC of Oklahoma State. It remains to be seen as to who will call plays for Duke in 2018 on the defensive side, but both will have a hand in running their defense as they try and compete in the ACC next season.
Feb 16 - 8:54 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman OL Jack Wohlabaugh transferred to Duke.

Wohlabaugh (6'4/293) ranked as a four-star prospect coming out of high school in the winter of 2016. After redshirting during his first year on campus, he was unable to crack the August two-deep and ultimately did not play a snap during the 2017 season. He'll have to sit out the 2018 season at Duke in order to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations and will have two years eligibility remaining to his fair name come the start of the 2019 campaign.
Jan 4 - 3:52 PM

Duke junior WR T.J. Rahming caught four passes for 62 yards and a touchdown in Tuesday's 36-14 win over NIU in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Rahming snapped a 14-14 tie with his 33-yard touchdown grab with 6:17 to play in the first half. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound junior owns a 66-795-3 receiving line for the year. It was a solid showing, though not quite up to what some were predicting over the summer. Rahming, should he declare for the draft, would be a likely UDFA candidate.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 09:07:00 PM


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