2017 NFL DRAFT

Merrill Noel, CB

School: Wake Forest  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Pahokee, FL
Height/Weight: 5-8 / 177 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Player Lowdown

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Player Overview

Reminding some of former Wake cornerback Alphonso Smith, Noel burst onto the scene last year as a redshirt freshman with a school-record 19 pass break-ups. He was named the conference's defensive freshman of the year and earned numerous Freshman All-American honors.

Noel was a three-star cornerback out of Pahokee, Florida and spurned offers from Florida and Florida State to enroll at Wake Forest. He earned a starting job last season as a redshirt freshman and looked like anything but a first-year starter, totaling 66 tackles, 19 pass break-ups and a pair of interceptions, tying for the FBS-lead in passes defended (21).

Although he has just one season at the college level, Noel is already on the NFL radar after his impressive freshman campaign.

Strengths Weaknesses

Noel has the speed to stay in receiver's hip pocket while showing the awareness and feel in coverage to keep an eye on the action around him. Noel is undersized and will get himself in trouble when he takes too many chances, but his natural fluidity and confident attitude is ideal for the position and he is definitely a prospect to remember for the future.

--Rob Rang

 
 
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