Rotoworld: Texans selected Wake Forest DE Duke Ejiofor with the No. 177 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Ejiofor (6’4/264) was a two-year starter and three-year contributor for the Demon Deacons, tallying 41 career tackles for loss and 23.5 sacks. Ejiofor tore the labrum in his right shoulder early last October and played through it, still logging 43 QB pressures but seeing his sack total dip from 10.5 as a junior to 6.5 as a senior. Ejiofor had surgery in February and suffered two known concussions in college. When healthy, Ejiofor is a long-armed (34 7/8") finesse rusher whose toughness was questioned by scouts.
6th round rookies don't have those pass rush moves. This has to be a case of the other 31 teams forgetting he was a draft eligible player or something...
This guy recovers fully from his labrum surgery he will definitely be a regular contributor on Texans defense - his hand fighting repertoire is very advanced for a college player.
Answered this earlier:I like this pick a lot.
This guy is more than intriguing - once his shoulder injury is fully rehabbed, he will most likely start contributing immediately.
I like this guys upside. He is said to have advanced hand skills for a college recruit and that augers well for a rookie.
His rush needs work, but he was getting the job done in college with his technique.
Some coaching from RAC could see this dude become an effective Texan in short order.
The main question on him right now is how long will his shoulder take to get back up to speed? He had his surgery mid February. Calling CnD...
Another July 2016 study of Div I players was published in the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine gives us additional breakdowns:A study co-written by Dr. James Andrews in 2014 showed that the return to play % was high for NFL athletes........~90%. However, the average time from surgery was ~8.5 months..........a rookie missing those important months will not play well towards his potential production for 2018.
The Texans have said that they plan to allot as much time as needed for Ejiofor to make a full recovery.177 shoulder injuries in 153 athletes were identified and met inclusion criteria. Overall, 85.4% of players who underwent arthroscopic surgery without concomitant procedures returned to play. 82.4% of players who underwent anterior labral repair, 88.7% of those that underwent posterior labral repair, and 84.8% who underwent combined anterior-posterior repair returned to sport. Categorized by depth chart position, 93.3% of starters, 95.4% of utilized players, and 75.7% of rarely used players returned to play. The percentage of games played in by athletes prior to injury was 49.9%, and rose to 71.5% following surgery. Athletes who played in a higher percentage of games prior to injury (49.4 +/- 43.4%) were more likely to return to play than athletes who played in a fewer percentage of games (19.6 +/- 39.4%). Of the 42 athletes identified as starters prior to injury that returned to play, 98% continued as starters; 2% became utilized players. Of the 41 players that prior to injury were utilized, 49% became starters, 49% remained utilized, and 2% rarely played following surgery. For the 56 players identified as rarely playing pre-injury that returned to play, 36% became starters, 23% were utilized athletes, and 41% maintained their rarely playing status. Having a scholarship significantly correlated with RTP after surgery.
He looks like Mercilus did coming out of college.So much fun watching Duke play. Can get washed out at times against the run but more than makes up for it with his uncanny ability to get into the backfield using his wide array of tools not too many rookies come into the league having:
http://draftanalyst.com/ejiofor-completes-successful-labrum-surgeryDuke 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.
I don't expect him to be back by TC, especially since he played with a torn labrum and probably extended the injury. His surgery was Feb 10 of this year. The return to play on average would be expected to be closer to 8.5 months. In addition, he will have lost extremely important prep time for a rookie.
Damn CND, it's already rained on parades all over town, you don't have to pile on lolI don't expect him to be back by TC, especially since he played with a torn labrum and probably extended the injury. His surgery was Feb 10 of this year. The return to play on average would be expected to be closer to 8.5 months. In addition, he will have lost extremely important prep time for a rookie.
I addressed this in detail in a previous post.
thanks for info. We should have enough OLBs allowingI don't expect him to be back by TC, especially since he played with a torn labrum and probably extended the injury. His surgery was Feb 10 of this year. The return to play on average would be expected to be closer to 8.5 months. In addition, he will have lost extremely important prep time for a rookie.
I addressed this in detail in a previous post.
CnnnD, I've been a big proponent of letting these NFL investments truly heal before putting them back on the field. It can't always be about the dollars, sometimes it should be 100% about the potential talent for the future.Duke Ejiofor: The Dark Horse Of The Texans 2018 Draft
Texans 6th round pick could surprise you this season.
We know about Justin Reid and his knowledge of NFL defenses. We’ve heard about Keke Coutee’s agility and willingness to learn. And we are aware of Martinas Rankin’s injury, which may not be as positive but it is news in this dull part of the year.
One player from the Texans’ 2018 Draft we haven’t heard much about is OLB Duke Ejiofor.
Drafted in the 6th round, Ejiofor fell in the draft due to a lingering shoulder injury. His measurables and production are well above his draft position, yet teams will always be weary to
take a player who has an injury history.
Under the circumstances, that would be the smart approach. The one comment I would have is that, at least for some time, Ejiofor may not be able to man the right side, from which he mostly played in college because his right shoulder may not be able to handle the torque............this position change could be something which may have to be maintained the remainder of his NFL career depending on the results of his final rehab status.CnnnD, I've been a big proponent of letting these NFL investments truly heal before putting them back on the field. It can't always be about the dollars, sometimes it should be 100% about the potential talent for the future.
Since Ejiofor's measurables were considered much higher than his draft position b/c of a shoulder injury (torn labrum) forced his drop, then the Texans should look at this as a potential draft steal and treat it such. IR the guy for the season, let that torn labrum fully heal and give him the requisite time to rehab his injury and gain NFL weight/strength. Instead treat him like a 2019 pick that didn't cost them a pick since a healthy version of this guy in the 2019 NFL Draft probably sets this team back a RD2 or 3 pick versus a 2018 RD6 pick.