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3 Jessie Bates DB

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Draft Prospect Outlook:

Tall, slightly built, athletic safety with above-average range from center field and quick reaction skills in improvisational role. Hits harder than his frame would suggest. Often dives at the feet of ball-carriers. Tackling is a big issue.

College Recap:

A 247Sports Composite three-star recruit out of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Bates redshirted in 2015 before being named first-team Freshman All-American for a breakout season with Wake Forest. Bates racked up 100 total tackles (3.5 for loss) as a freshman while intercepting five passes, returning two for touchdowns (against Indiana and Virginia). Bates also served as the team's punt returner, taking 18 punts back for 73 yards.

Bates's numbers weren't as eye-popping in 2017, as he recorded just one interception while totalling 77 tackles (six for loss) and six pass break-ups. He did manage double-digit tackles in back-to-back games against Florida State and Clemson in the middle of the season. Bates didn't see as much action returning punts but did have a 75-yard return against Utah State and also a 59-yard return for a TD against Texas A&M in the Belk Bowl. -- R.J. White

Game Log
08/31PRESBYW 51-700 0
09/09@BCW 34-10137 0
09/16UTAHSTW 46-1000 0
09/23@APLSTW 20-1900 0
09/30FSUL 19-2600 0
10/07@CLEML 14-2800 0
10/21@GATECHL 24-3800 0
10/28LVILLEW 42-3200 0
11/18NCSTW 30-2400 0
11/25DUKEL 23-3100 0
12/29@TXAMW 55-5200 0
2016-17Wake Forest1318730290000
2017-18Wake Forest1181611751000
TOTAL 24262341751000
2016-17Wake Forest1331
2017-18Wake Forest1110
TOTAL 2441

Player Info

Fort Wayne, IN, USA
Wake Forest Demon Deacons