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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline does not believe Wake Forest edge rusher Duke Ejiofor's recent surgery to repair a torn labrum will result in a draft slide.

Ejiofor (6'4/270) underwent surgery in late January, a procedure which forced the Wake Forest product to miss the Senior Bowl. Pauline noted at the time that the torn labrum might have occurred as early as the first week of October. Even with this surgery expected to essentially sideline him from physical work during the evaluating process -- including the NFL Scouting Combine and Wake's pro day -- NFL teams are smitten with Ejiofor's overall level of explosive athleticism. It's not out of the question that he could hear his name called by the end of Day 2 once the draft boots up in Dallas at the end of April.
Feb 14 - 6:30 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes Wake Forest S Jessie Bates has Pro Bowl ability.

Bates declared for the draft as a redshirt sophomore and his name was not thrown out among top talents at his position throughout the season. With that said, Bates could be mentioned among the top three or five at safety as evaluators catch up on his tape. Bates has "CB movement/burst, excellent awareness/ball skills and he's tough" according to Jeremiah. He's a name to remember during NFL Combine week.
Feb 13 - 9:06 AM

Draft Wire's Luke Easterling lists Wake Forest TE Cam Serigne as a potential offensive sleeper in the 2018 NFL Draft.

As Easterling notes, this isn't quite the top-heavy tight end draft as least year's loaded class. There are some quality prospects who could go in Day 2 and 3, however, and one of them is Serigne. "After snatching a career-high eight touchdown receptions as a senior, the 6-3, 240-pounder should quickly become a favorite of whichever NFL quarterback gets the pleasure of adding him to his huddle in 2018," he writes. It appears Serigne would go somewhere in the early part of Day 3 if the draft took place today.
Source: Draft Wire
Feb 12 - 2:55 PM

Wake Forest edge rusher Duke Ejiofor underwent successful surgery to repair a torn labrum.

Ejiofor missed the Senior Bowl because of the injury, which according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline might have occurred against Clemson on the first Saturday of October. Pauline reports that it's unlikely he'll be able to perform for scouts, but that he should be ready for training camps. He finished last year with 6.5 sacks and is currently viewed as a Day 3 prospect by current draft pundits.
Feb 10 - 5:12 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Frank Cooney ranks Wake Forest QB John Wolford as the top quarterback to not receive an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Wolford not getting an invite was a bit of a surprise, as the former Demon Deacon signal-caller had a strong 2017 season, and he showed the ability to make plays in the pocket and also with his legs. He currently is viewed by NFL Draft Scout as a 7th-round selection, and it's certainly possible he still goes in that vicinity if teams like the tape and he impresses over his pro day.
Feb 9 - 6:13 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers are both showing heavy early interest in Wake Forest S Jessie Bates III.

Bates (6'2/195) was something of a surprise entrant into the draft fray -- he declared in January coming off his redshirt sophomore year -- but Pauline has been impressed by what he's seen on tape from the safety. Writes the analyst, "he’s an athletic center fielder who plays with excellent speed, displays great range and really stands out in pass coverage." He was additionally impressed by his discipline. As matters currently stand, Draft Analyst hits Bates up with a fifth-round grade, but Pauline does not rule out the possibility that he could come off the board as early as Round 3.
Feb 8 - 12:26 PM

Wake Forest junior CB Dionte Austin will transfer.

Austin (6'0/175) did not play during the 2017 season, as it was announced in late July that he would be missing the campaign due to "personal reasons." A four-star recruit for the 2015 cycle, Austin ends his career with the Demon Deacons having registered 29 tackles and a sack. Should he be transferring as a graduate -- this is currently unclear -- he would be eligible to play immediately with another FBS program come the start of the 2018 season.
Jan 5 - 5:08 PM

Wake Forest redshirt sophomore S Jessie Bates will forego his final two years of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Bates (6'2/195) was named All-ACC honorable mention by both the coaches and media for his work during the 2017 campaign. The redshirt sophomore racked up 77 tackles (6.0 for loss), an interception and six passes defended for the season while being somewhat limited at times due to injury. Bates also returned nine punts for 161 yards and a touchdown. Special teams skills sometimes serve as little draft boosters.
Jan 5 - 2:10 PM

Wake Forest redshirt senior TE Cam Serigne finished with nine receptions, 112 yards and a touchdown in Friday's Belk Bowl against Texas A&M.

Serigne posted big numbers in 2017, and he was especially impressive as a target for QB John Wolford in the red zone. The tight end position has become especially important in the NFL, so the Wake Forest standout appears to have very a bright and very lucrative future if he can remain healthy.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 06:45:00 PM

Wake Forest junior RB Matt Colburn rushed 21 times for 150 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 55-52 win against Texas A&M in the Belk Bowl.

Colburn capped off his season in style with five touchdowns over his final five games, and he hit the century mark in rushing yardage in four of the past six. He looks like a star in the making for head coach Dave Clawson in the Triad. With QB John Wolford heading for the next level, the Wake offense could be more run-oriented heading into 2018 which is great news for Colburn.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 06:43:00 PM

Wake Forest senior QB John Wolford completed 32-of-49 passes for 400 yards, four touchdowns and 68 rushing yards en route to Belk Bowl MVP honors on Friday against Texas A&M.

Wolford was banged around in this game, limping on several different occasions, but he was able to come back and lead his team to a nice 55-52 win against an SEC foe. He appears to have a bright future heading to the next level, although 2017 marked the first season where he posted a positive TD/INT ratio. Still, he is likely to move on to the next level and find a job either as a backup, or maybe eventually as a starter.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 06:40:00 PM

Wake Forest redshirt freshman WR Greg Dortch (abdomen) won't return for the Belk Bowl against Texas A&M.

Dortch underwent abdominal surgery in late October, and he hasn't made enough progress to make a return for Wake Forest. Even though he missed the last month of the season, he was still a breakout star for the Demon Deacons; scoring nine touchdowns and hauling in 53 passes for 722 yards.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 12:11:00 PM

Wake Forest redshirt senior TE Cam Serigne accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Serigne (6'3/250) finished his regular season with 35 catches for 444 yards -- solid numbers for a tight end -- but he really excelled near the red zone, hauling in eight touchdowns for the Demon Deacons. He currently receives late-round draft pick grades, but in a weak tight end class, he could see those projections shoot up if he tests well and plays well in the Shrine game/practices.
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 08:00:00 PM

Wake Forest redshirt senior RB Cade Carney (knee) is listed on the depth chart ahead of the Belk Bowl against Texas A&M on Dec. 29.

This is a great sign, but it doesn't mean that he'll play. Carney was injured against Louisville at the end of October and hasn't played since, missing four straight games. Earlier this fall, he missed two other games with an undisclosed injury. Carney has exactly three weeks to mend before the Demon Deacons take the field against the Aggies.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 05:02:00 PM

Wake Forest redshirt senior edge rusher Duke Ejiofor has accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Ejiofor (6'4/266) didn't quite match his numbers from last year when he had 10.5 sacks, but he had a solid season for the Demon Deacons with 14.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks as a senior. He's currently projected as an early day-three selection, and will look to improve that stock in January.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 07:23:00 PM


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