Duke Ejiofor Drafted by Houston Texans
April 28, 2018

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest defensive end Duke Ejiofor on Saturday (April 28) was selected by the Houston Texans in the NFL Draft. Ejiofor was the third pick in the sixth round, the 177th player selected overall.

Ejiofor, a 6-4, 275-pound edge rusher, is a graduate of Alief Taylor High School in Houston, Texas. He earned his degree in sociology from Wake Forest in December.

Ejiofor will join former Wake Forest teammate Kevin Johnson with the Texans. The two were Deacon teammates in 2014 when Ejiofor had 12 tackles and two sacks as a redshirt freshman and Johnson recorded 44 tackles and two pass break-ups while starting all 12 games.

A three-year starter, Ejiofor started 31 of his 42 games as a Demon Deacon. He totaled 133 career tackles including 23.5 sacks and 43 tackles for loss. Ejiofor ranks third in Wake Forest history in career sacks and sixth in career tackles for loss.

In 2017, Ejiofor was a second team All-ACC selection after recording 43 tackles and team highs with 6.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss. His nine quarterback hurries were a team high as well. Ejiofor ranked third in the ACC in tackles for loss and eighth in sacks as a senior.

Ejiofor is the second Deacon drafted this year, joining Jessie Bates III who was picked in the second round on Friday by the Cincinnati Bengals. This is the first time the Deacons have had multiple players taken in the same year since 2012 when four players were selected.

Ejiofor is the first Wake Forest defensive end taken since Jeremy Thompson was selected in the fourth round by the Packers in 2008.

Ejiofor is the first Wake Forest player drafted by the Texans since Johnson went in the first round of the 2015 draft.