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Deac pair heading to NFL

Two former Wake Forest football players were recently chosen by teams in the NFL Draft.

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Defensive back Brandon Ghee was drafted in the third round by the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday, while lineman Chris DeGeare was selected in the fifth round by the Minnesota Vikings.

This marked the fourth straight season multiple Deacons were taken in the NFL Draft.

DeGeare is a product of Kernersville, N.C., which is near Winston-Salem. DeGeare played in 49 games and made 35 starts for the Demon Deacons. He played a total of 2,410 offensive snaps in his career and had 199.5 knockdown blocks.

As a senior in 2009, DeGeare started all 12 games at left tackle. The fifth-year senior had a career-high 70 knockdowns on the year, while playing 698 snaps.  He saw most of his action in his career at offensive guard until moving to tackle in 2009. He played in all 11 games as a true freshman in 2005, earning honorable mention Freshman All-America honors.

Wake Forest has had at least one offensive lineman selected in three of the past four drafts. DeGeare joins Steve Vallos (7th round pick by Seattle in 2007) and Steve Justice (6th round pick by Indianapolis in 2008) as recent Deacon linemen draftees.

Ghee was the 32nd selection of the third round and the 12th cornerback overall to come off the board and the second out of the Atlantic Coast Conference, behind Virginia's Chris Cook. Ghee was the ninth ACC player taken in the draft.

A native of Fayetteville, N.C., Ghee was a three-year starter at cornerback for the Demon Deacons. He finished with 154 tackles for his career, including 12.5 for loss. Ghee had 26 passes defended and forced five fumbles in his career.

As a senior in 2009, Ghee finished third on the team with 56 tackles, including 35 solo stops. He was second in passes defended and tied the school's single game record with four pass breakups against Maryland.

Ghee is the third-highest drafted Deacon in the past six seasons, behind only Aaron Curry (fourth overall in 2009) and Alphonso Smith (37th overall in 2009). The last Wake Forest player taken in the third round was Dustin Lyman in 2000 by the Chicago Bears.

 

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