NFL Draft 2013 Preview: Wake Forest Prospects

Tommy Bohanon's Strength Has Impressed Scouts, Virtually Securing His Draft Position

Tommy Bohanon’s Strength Has Impressed Scouts, Virtually Securing His Draft Position

Leading up to this month’s NFL Draft, we’ll be taking a look at each ACC‘s school’s prospects and where they’re slated to be chosen. While 50 ACC players were invited to the NFL Draft Combine, those not in attendance also have ample opportunity to hear their name called between April 25 through 27.

Wake Forest will return virtually everyone for the 2013 season, meaning expectations are high, while draft prospects are decidedly lower. While it can’t hurt to return so much talent back, the program would be well-served to get back to its pro-producing ways come next spring. One of Jim Grobe’s most impressive jobs at Wake is putting them on the map of NFL scouts, and continuing that reputation is paramount to the program’s success and his continued position as head coach.

Tommy Bohanon, FB, Senior (Projected: Early Seventh Round)

As one of the best players at his position, you’d think Bohanon would be able to swing better than just a seventh round pick. Unfortunately, however, fullbacks also continue to be done away with at the pro level — at least in the traditional sense. Looking at him purely as a backfield component, Bohanon’s a bruising, head strong runner with slightly lower-than-average speed (4.81 40-yard dash). Where he excels though, is his upper body strength, as evidenced by his 36 bench press reps at the combine; the best among all running backs. If used correctly, his 6’1″ 246-pound frame could be used in both a lead-blocking capacity and as dangerous pass-catcher as well. Adding a new fold to his game as a senior, he caught 23 passes for 208 yards (and five scores), which is sure to pique the interest of teams looking for short-yardage options.

Previously: Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, NC State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech

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