NFL Draft History: Wake Forest

Michael Thomas

A look back at the Demon Deacons who have been selected in the NFL Draft.

Wake Forest  fans have come to enjoy the NFL Draft in recent years because their school has started to consistently produce NFL Draft picks.In total, Wake Forest has had 131 NFL Draft picks, with 14 coming since 2008. The Deacs have had more players drafted since 2008 than Boston College, Duke, Maryland, Syracuse and Virginia, and as many as North Carolina State and Pittsburgh. The most notable pick during that time was Butkus Award winner Aaron Curry, who was selected 4th overall in 2009 by the Seattle Seahawks. Wake Forest should add at least one more to that total this weekend as Michael Campanaro should be drafted by the time Mr. Irrelevant is drafted on Saturday afternoon.

Despite Aaron Curry being taken 4th overall, he is not the Demon Deacon who holds the record for being drafted the highest. That record belong to quarterback Norm Snead, who was the #2 overall pick in the 1961 draft. Snead was a four-time Pro Bowl selection during his 16 year career.  Also selected that season was Bob McCreary, whose name is on the video board at BB&T Field.

Deacon legend Bill George, who was selected in the second round of the 1951 draft, is one of just 22 ACC players who have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was the first middle linebacker and made eight-straight Pro Bowls as well in addition to being named All-NFL eight times.

Full list of ACC draft picks over the years.

The Deacs currently have 10 players who are in the NFL

- Tommy Bohanon

- Josh Bush

- Tyson Clabo

- Chris DeGeare

- Brandon Ghee

- Chris Givens

- Joe Looney

- Calvin Pace

- Steve Vallos

- Kyle Wilber

Hopefully Coach Clawson and his staff can recruit high caliber players and the Demon Deacon faithful can watch their favorite Deacs play on Sundays.

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