Scouting Report: Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest

By Kelby Goodman

Number: #53 | Hometown: Houston, TX | Height: 6040 | Weight: 264 | Hand: 0934 | Arm: 3478 | Class: 2018

SCOUTING REPORT

Ejiofor comes from Nigerian royalty and at times, he was king on the field during his last two seasons at Wake Forest. He tallied 34 tackles for loss, including 17.5 sacks over the past two seasons. His forceful hand movement was the catalyst for his impressive stats. His most consistent technique is to slap his blocker’s hands down and then use his arm-over technique to throw the lineman out of the way. He sets up his hand movements with a coy stutter step. In addition, his arm length allows him to engage the blocker first—at the combine he measured in with 34 7/8 inch arms. He also does a nice job staying square to the line of scrimmage and rarely is taken down, even on chop blocks. He’ll need to continue to work on his pass rushing moves, his spin move is almost there but will need some fine tuning. He will not beat many tackles up-the-field off the edge and shows little bend to get around the tackle. He wasn’t asked to play standing up or to drop back in coverage much, so he may struggle if drafted into a 3-4 heavy system. This is not a fluid athlete and he will struggle in space or running down a play. If his initial move fails, he doesn’t have a “Plan B” ready and his rush stalls out. Overall, he’ll be an effective pass rush specialist at the next level and should be off the board by the end of the fourth round. With the proper coaching, he could turn into a consistent starter and possible pro bowl talent.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2017 (Redshirt Senior): Was named second-team All-ACC selection as a senior…Led Wake Forest with seven sacks and 10th in tackles with 43…Finished third all-time in Wake Forest history for sacks with 24.0…Named to the Bednarik Award watch list.

2016 (Redshirt Junior): Was a consensus third-team All-ACC selection as a junior … Named third team by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, Associated Press and Phil Steele … Nominee for the Bednarik Award … Led Wake Forest with 10.5 sacks and was second on the team with 17 tackles for loss … Finished the year fourth in the ACC in sacks with 0.81 per game … Finished eighth in the ACC in tackles for loss with 17 … Tied for the league lead with 8.5 sacks against ACC opponents … Set the school record for sacks by a junior with 10.5, breaking the previous mark of 10.0 … Finished fifth on the team with 50 tackles … Tied for the team lead with four QB hurries.

2015 (Redshirt Sophomore): Missed the first five games of the season while recovering from a preseason injury … Led the team with 4.5 sacks on the year … Recorded a sack in four of the seven games he played … Was ninth on the team with 28 tackles … Added a pair of QB hurries … Sacked Louisville’s QB late in the second quarter that resulted in a Wake Forest safety and a 12-10 lead over the Cardinals … Totaled 404 snaps during the season including season-best 84 vs. Duke (11/28).

2014 (Redshirt Freshman): Made one tackle in his first college game at ULM as a redshirt freshman … Recorded 12 tackles and two sacks on the season … Season-best four tackles, all solos, vs. Florida State … Had sacks in consecutive weeks vs. Louisville and Florida State … Added one QB hurry vs. ULM … Had 56 snaps vs. Florida State … Missed the final two games of the season with an injury … On the field for a total of 322 plays as a redshirt freshman … Awarded first varsity letter.

2013 (True Freshman): Redshirted the season

High School: A 2013 graduate of Alief Taylor High School in Houston, Texas … Honorable mention All-Greater Houston selection … Named one of the top 100 players in the Houston area by the Houston Chronicle … Was an honorable mention selection in District 18-5A … Had 47 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, eight sacks and six pass break-ups as a senior … Ran a 4.53 40 and had a 39-inch vertical leap in high school … An honor roll student … Also was a high jumper in track for the Lions … Had offers from Houston, Rice, Kansas and TCU … Recruited by Derrick Jackson.

Personal: Son of Dr. Samuel and Franca Ejiofor … Born Apr. 24, 1995 … Name is pronounced “EDGE-eh-for”.

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Rick Serritella

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