'06 NFL Draft Watch: Wake Forest

Posted Sep 4, 2005

A middle-of-the-road yet relatively competitive program, Wake Forest always seems on the cusp of a bowl bid and occasionally plays in the post season. It may be a tough task to tackle this season and it is also unlikely any Demon Deacon is selected next April.

Scouting the ACC: Wake Forest

Chris Barclay is a slippery running back with the ability to bounce around piles or defenders and the speed to get outside around tackle. Not picking up much shortage off initial contact, Barclay potentially sits as a situational back in the NFL.

On defense, sophomore linebacker Jonathan Abbate is an intelligent, intense run stuffer with a great head for the game.  Quickly diagnosing plays, Abbate is terrific in the box and effectively defends the pass in zone coverage.  If there is one Wake Forest senior who gets selected next April it could be punter Ryan Plackemeier.  Possessing a solid leg, Plackemeier's average hovers around 45-yards per punt three years running.  A good combine  could push him into the late rounds.

Name Pos Yr #
Jonathan Abbate ILB 3So 40
Chris Barclay RB 4Sr 28
Ryan Plackemeier P 4Sr 81



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