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NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Belk Bowl

The 2017 Belk Bowl has some pretty good players in it between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. While there aren’t a lot of players in this bowl game that can make it to the next level, the ones that can are really good. Here are the top NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Belk Bowl:

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Duke Ejiofor, DE

NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Belk Bowl
Duke Ejiofor (Photo by twitter.com)

Ejiofor put himself on the map after a great 2016 season. The senior has 41.5 tackles for loss and 24 sacks in his career. Although 2016 was his best season statistically, this year he has been solid with 15 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

He isn’t the biggest pass rusher at 6’4″ and 275 pounds, but should be big enough for NFL standards. It would be a stretch to see him get drafted in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but getting selected on day two is probable.

Projected draft range: 2nd round-4th round

Cam Serigne, TE

Serigne was thought of as a better prospect before the season started, but will still likely be drafted. He has 1,963 receiving yards and 20 touchdown catches in his career. This season he found the end zone the most out of any of his previous years with eight receiving touchdowns.

Height will be an issue for Serigne, as he is 6’3″ and 240 pounds. He won’t create too many match up problems with that size, but has been successful in college without having a great quarterback.

Projected draft range: 5th round-7th round

Texas A&M Aggies

Christian Kirk, WR

Kirk is a supremely talented wide receiver who is going to be an early pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He has seen his production go down every year, but it in large part is due to quarterback play. In his career, the junior has 2,667 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns. This season he has 730 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

Kirk may only be 5’11” and 200 pounds, but he has shown the ability to play on the outside, much like Odell Beckham Jr. He has added value as a kick returner that will help teams get him on the field often. He won’t be waiting too long in the draft.

Projected draft range: 1st round-2nd round

Armani Watts, S

NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Belk Bowl
Armani Watts (Photo by expressnews.com)

Watts has been playing for Texas A&M for what seems like forever, which is usually the sign of a good player. He has 324 total tackles, 10 interceptions, 17 passes defended, five fumble recoveries and seven forced fumbles in his career. This season, as the undisputed leader of the defense, Watts has 87 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four interceptions, two fumbles recovered and three forced fumbles.

He is 5’11” and 205 pounds, but that is good enough to play free safety in the NFL. Watts covers a lot of the field and is able to make a lot of plays on the ball.

Projected draft range: 2nd round-4th round

 

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