Tommy Bohanon: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Wake Forest FB

Chad MintonCorrespondent IApril 26, 2013

Tommy Bohanon: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Wake Forest FB

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    Any team in need of a fullback heading into the NFL draft will need to take a hard look at Tommy Bohanon of Wake Forest.

    Bohanon figures to go late in the draft around the sixth or seventh round, and scouts are a little torn on his potential in the NFL.

    Here are five things you need to know about Bohanon as a highly rated fullback prospect. 

Background

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    Full Name: Tommy Bohanon

    Birthday: September 10, 1990

    Hometown: North Fort Myers, Fla.

    High School: North Fort Myers

    Major: Communications

    Year: Senior

     

    Tommy Bohanon chose to travel a fair distance from his hometown and chose Wake Forest over Michigan State and Louisville.

    Bohanon saw considerable action in all four years.

Statistics

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    2009: 12 games, 16 ATT, 51 YDS, 8 REC, 1 TD

    2010: 12 games, 17 ATT, 77 YDS, 11 REC, 75 YDS

    2011: 13 games, 15 ATT, 31 YDS, 2 TDs, 9 REC, 56 YDS, 1 TD

    2012: 11 games, 2 ATT, 1 YD, 1 TD, 23 REC, 208 YDS, 5 TDs


    Even though Bohanon was primarily a blocker in the Wake Forest offense, he was always a reliable contributor in the receiving game.

    That was especially true as he had more receiving yards in his final season than he did in his first three seasons.

    Bohanon was also a very durable guy, appearing in 12 games or more in each of his four seasons at Wake Forest.

    You can't read too much into his lack of production running the ball in 2012 because he really wasn't needed in that offense.

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 246 lbs.

    Arm Length: 30 1/8"

    Hand Size: 10"

     

    Combine Results

    40-yard dash: 4.88 sec.

    Broad Jump: 119.0"

    Vertical Jump: 35.0"

    Bench Press: 36 reps

     

    One of Bohanon's most impressive results from the NFL combine was his 36 reps on the bench press, which was by far the best out of all of the running backs.

    That shows the crazy strength that Bohanon has and how valuable he could be as a blocker in the NFL.

    Outside of his bench press number, his other results were a little disappointing. He could have improved his draft stock with better results, but instead, he left himself as most likely a late-rounder.

     

    Combine results from NFL.com

Interesting Facts

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    In high school at North Fort Myers, Bohanon was an accomplished linebacker, leading the team in tackles in 2006.

    Bohanon was also a teammate of West Virginia standout Noel Devine in high school.

    The fact that Bohanon turned down offers from big programs such as Michigan State and Louisville is surprising.

    Bohanon set a small milestone of his own when he got to Wake Forest as a true freshman. He became the first true freshman fullback to play under head coach Jim Grobe.

    Also, according to the Winston-Salem JournalBohanon will probably be the only Wake Forest player taken in the 2013 NFL draft.


Observations

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    Tony Pauline from USA Today said he sees Bohanon as a mid-round draft pick thanks to his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and play in a West Coast offense.

    Bohanon has a draft grade of a 54 from NFL.com, which means they consider him a player who should go in the fourth round or later.

    Finally, ESPN draft analyst Kevin Weidl tweeted that Bohanon is the versatile type of fullback that you would want on your roster.