Ejiofor Completes Successful Labrum Surgery

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Duke Ejiofor, the defensive end from Wake Forest presently graded as a potential third-round pick by Draft Analyst, is recovering from successful surgery to repair a torn shoulder labrum.

It is believed the injury occurred during the Clemson game which took place on the first Saturday of October. The tear, which occurred in his right shoulder, affected Ejiofor the remainder of the year.

Entering the season, the senior was stamped as a second-day prospect by NFL scouts and finished with 43 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Those numbers are a reduction from his junior campaign, when Ejiofor finished with 50 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks.

Ejiofor was forced to pull out of last month’s Senior Bowl due to the injury and won’t work out at the combine. It’s unlikely he’ll perform for scouts before the draft, but we’ve been advised he will be ready for training camp.

An athletic defensive front-seven prospect, Ejiofor compares favorably to Tarell Basham, the third-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts during the 2017 draft. Consistently effective against the run and pass, s­­couts love his versatility to line up as a 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker.  ­