Former Wake Forest standouts Duke Ejiofor and Jessie Bates III have been making the most of their time in the NFL preseason, impressing their coaches and media members around the league.
Bates, who was drafted in the 2nd round by the Bengals, has been praised by head coach Marvin Lewis as a guy who is “gifted and as talented as we expected.” Though he has only recorded 6 total tackles in his 2 games of preseason action, the coaching staff obviously liked what they were seeing from Bates. Over the weekend, the Bengals cut returning starter George Iloka, paving the way for Jessie to become the starter when opening day rolls around.
Bengals cutting George Iloka means they felt like second-rounder Jessie Bates was going to win the free safety job. Marvin Lewis hinted at that earlier this week: https://t.co/nSQB6xIieu— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) August 19, 2018
Ejiofor, who was drafted by the Texans in the 6th round, has impressed many with his ability to make plays in the backfield using that speed and athleticism Wake fans know and love. He finished his last preseason game with 3 tackles, including this impressive chase down of 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis.
It seems some are starting to realize what Wake Forest fans knew all along; Duke Ejiofor is a dang good football player and was an absolute steal for the Texans in the 6th round.
I know injuries hurt draft stock but Duke Ejiofor could be steal if he continues what he has been doing. Said it last week, his style of play is well above where a rookie should be. #Texans— patrick (@PatDStat) August 19, 2018
Duke Ejiofor had no business being on the board in round 6— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) August 19, 2018
Having players do well on the national stage at the next level is a great way to improve the Wake Forest brand and should definitely give coach Clawson an added boost on the recruiting front.
I think I speak for all Demon Deacon fans when I say we will watch their careers with great interest.