Shortly after the conclusion of today's NFL Draft, Wake Forest senior cornerback Merill "Bud" Noel signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills. The strength of last year's Wake Forest team was its strong secondary, and NFL general managers and scouts agreed. In the first round of the NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected Noel's teammate Kevin Johnson with the 16th selection.
Noel was a freshman all-american during his redshirt freshman campaign, and started more than 40 games throughout his Wake Forest career. He finished his career with 8 interceptions, 31 pass break ups, and 192 tackles.
Buffalo had one of the best pass defenses in the country last season, so even making the team will be difficult, but it's a major compliment to Bud that a defensive mind such as Rex Ryan thinks highly enough of Noel to offer him a contract as an undrafted free agent. Bud may not have the measurables, but he is tough and was very productive throughout his career.
Congrats to Former Wake CB, Bud Noel, signed as a free agent w/Buffalo Bills today. Another Wake player w/opportunity to fulfill his Dreams!— Derrick Jackson (@Coach_Jackson) May 2, 2015
Congrats to Bud Noel on signing with the @buffalobills! Another Demon Deacon in the League! #GoDeacs #DBU pic.twitter.com/pv59gbzl2a— Asil Mulbah (@CoachSil) May 2, 2015
Congratulations to Bud!