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Wake Forest received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 RB Kendrell Flowers.

Flowers (6'0/200) had also been weighing offers from (among others) Coastal Carolina, Georgia State, Purdue and Toledo. On the 247Sports composite board, the Irmo, South Carolina, native ranks as the No. 53 running back prospect in the 2019 class. He's still relatively new to the position after moving to receiver midway through his high school career.
Apr 11 - 4:09 PM

Wake Forest edge rusher Duke Ejiofor will visit the Patriots on Monday.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris recently suggest Ejiofor could be a Patriots pick in round two thinks to his experience rushing the passer on the outside and the inside. He's coming off labrum surgery and hopes to be cleared in July.
Apr 5 - 10:27 AM

Wake Forest redshirt junior RB Tyler Bell sustained a torn ACL during the team's second scrimmage of the spring.

Bell (5'11/215) is expected to miss the 2018 season due to the severe knee injury. It's an unfortunate turn of events for the back, who was also sidelined for the whole of the most recent campaign due to a torn ACL sustained last spring. The rest of the running backs room is looking clean on the health front, at least, as Matt Colburn, Cade Carney and Christian Beal are all expected to be available for this Saturday's upcoming spring game.
Apr 4 - 5:05 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Wake Forest edge rusher Duke Ejiofor to Baltimore Ravens DE Matt Judon.

While Zierlein believe Ejiofor needs to play faster and with a higher-revving motor, he notes that even if the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder is unable to fully live up to his ability, his "natural strength and ability to harass the quarterback as an interior rusher on sub packages gives him a chance to find some early playing time even if he's a backup." The Wake Forest standout doesn't possess the electric athleticism worthy of a high draft pick, but could fall off the board near the end of Day 2 if the board breaks kindly for him. One issue which could prevent him from sniffing a Day 2 selection, though, is the fact that Ejiofor is currently rehabbing from a January shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. He did not test at the NFL Scouting Combine and will still be rehabbing into the summer after he's drafted.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 31 - 2:53 PM

Wake Forest QB John Wolford is committed to pursuing an NFL career.

It's not going to be easy, as Wolford (6'1/205) is small and comes with a wonky throwing motion. He also struggled prior to his 2017 breakout campaign. Wolford is realistic about his situation but serious about giving it a go. "The knock on me is going to be my size and why did I struggle for three years up until this point? So that’s what I’m fighting, but I’m looking forward to the challenge," Wolford said. "Scouting in its nature is a negative business. They’re always looking for something wrong with you. ... it’s not like I’m going to be a top-four-round pick or anything like that. The likelihood of me being drafted may be small, but I think, at the end of the day, if you can play, then you can find a spot, and I’m just working to maximize that chance." He threw for scouts at Tuesday's pro day. "John looked great," HC Dave Clawson said. "He threw the ball accurate, adjusted to the NFL ball, threw the ball on the run well."
Mar 18 - 12:36 PM

Wake Forest redshirt junior QB Kendall Hinton appears to be pulling away in the quarterback competition.

Those quoted around the program seem to have already conceded that Hinton will earn the starting job vacated by John Wolford. Hinton brings more mobility to the position, but he's not yet Wolford's equal in the pocket or as a point man for the offense. "Kendall is a very dynamic player. We know he’s going to make plays with his feet. We’ve just got to keep working on him and getting him to play with consistency within the design of a play," HC Dave Clawson said. "Certainly people are going to see Kendall on film … and they’re going to try to force him in the pocket and make throws and he’s capable of making them. We’ve just got to get him to do that consistently. I’ve seen him do it, and it’s getting better."
Mar 18 - 12:30 PM

According to Tony Pauline, the Steelers met with Wake Forest S Jessie Bates over dinner ahead of the school's pro day.

The Steelers have shown a ton of interest in safeties and likely will select one during the draft's top two rounds. Bates' name continues to generate more buzz, and it would not be a surprise to see him draw a top 50 selection.
Mar 13 - 10:32 AM

NFL.com Analyst Bucky Brooks compares Wake Forest S Jessie Bates to Saints safety Kurt Coleman.

Bates has a lot of helium right now, going from a potential Day 3 selection to a player that has a legitimate chance of going in the first round. Brooks notes that safeties need to be smart, fast and physical, and that Bates shows all three traits at times. He does have some concerns about the safety, however, related to his frame (6'2/195) and lack of experience; as he was a baseball and basketball star before concentrating on football.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 12 - 1:07 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah now ranks Wake Forest S Jessie Bates as a top 30 prospect.

Bates moved outside of the top 50 into the top 30. "He has outstanding range, instincts and ball skills from the deep middle and he flashed the ability to match up in the slot," Jeremiah said, adding Bates should be a Pro Bowl caliber player early on. Bates' athletic profile placed him in the 46th percentile, which is very average, but Jeremiah and Mike Mayock continued to speak highly of him during NFL Combine coverage. Expect to hear Bates' name in the first round conversation.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 8 - 9:42 AM

Wake Forest and Eastern Carolina have agreed to a home-and-home series to be played during the 2027 and 2028 seasons.

If you have a calendar that gives you the entire upcoming decade, circle the dates of Sept. 11, 2027 and Sept. 23, 2028. The Pirates will have hosting duties for the first match-up, with the Demon Deacons returning the favor for the second half of the two-game set.
Mar 7 - 7:46 PM

USA Today's Gavino Borquez writes that Wake Forest S Jessie Bates III "will establish himself as a first-round talent after his Combine performance."

We don't know if we'd go quite so far as to anoint Bates for the first round, but the 6-foot-2, 195-pounder comes equipped with palatable size and posted a sharp 4.51-second run through the 40-yard dash on Monday. That impressive run was just .03 seconds slower than the run of FSU's Derwin James. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks Bates as the No. 5 safety prospect in this draft class, noting that he possesses "good athletic traits and a projectable skill set."
Mar 5 - 5:30 PM

Wake Forest S Jessie Bates says he met with the Steelers head coach, GM and owner at the NFL Combine.

The Steelers are showing a ton of interest in safeties. Beat writer Jim Wexell reports Ohio State's Damon Webb had an informal meeting with a Steelers position coach, Alabama's Ronnie Harris also had an informal meeting, Stanford's Justin Reid had a "formal" sit down with Mike Tomlin and add Bates' formal meeting to the list.
Source: Scout.com
Mar 5 - 10:37 AM

Wake Forest edge rusher Duke Ejiofor (shoulder) expects to be ready for training camp.

Ejiofor (6'4/270) underwent labrum surgery three weeks ago and has been given a five-to-six month recovery timeframe. Mid-August would be six months. Ejiofor said he played through the injury in 2017. He said it resulted from "wear and tear." Obviously, he won't be participating in NFL Combine drills.
Mar 3 - 2:57 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys like Wake Forest S Jessie Bates.

"[They] could make a move on him in the third round should he turn in a solid combine performance," Pauline wrote. Bates (6’2/195) only spent two years on the field for Wake Forest, but he consistently made plays all over the field. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks him as the class' No. 5 safety, and NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares him to Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Justin Evans.
Feb 28 - 5:51 PM

Wake Forest HC Dave Clawson announced that redshirt junior QB Kendall Hinton will enter the spring as the starter.

The Demon Deacons are fresh off losing a quality starter in QB John Wolford. "(Kendall is) certainly going in as the starter and we hope he plays well and is our starting quarterback," he said. "But we certainly have told Jamie and Tayvon and Sam that they’re competing for it, too." That would be Jamie Newman, Tayvon Bowers and Sam Hartman.
Feb 27 - 10:14 PM


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