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Local trio selected in final day of NFL draft

Posted April 27, 2013

As the final day of the NFL draft played out three more local athletes heard their names called, North Carolina State’s Earl Wolff, North Carolina’s Travis Bond and Duke's Sean Renfree.

Wolff, a 5-foot-11, 209-pound strong safety, was chosen Saturday with the 136th overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Wolff was a first-team All-ACC player as a senior. He had 19 tackles, two interceptions, and eight passes broken up.

He's considered a physical tackler and was a two-way star in high school, running for almost 1,000 yards as a senior.

The Vikings selected Bond, a 6-foot-6 and 329 pound guard, with the 214th overall draft in the seventh round. He weighed 372 pounds at the end of his junior year before slimming down for his final season with the Tar Heels.

Renfree, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound quarterback, was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round with the 249th overall pick. 

The Duke senior completed 297 of 442 passes for 3,113 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2012.

Renfree provides needed depth at quarterback as he joins starter Matt Ryan and Dominique Davis. The Falcons likely will add another quarterback for training camp.

Renfree was a three-year starter at Duke. As a junior, he set the school record by completing 65 percent of his passes — 282 of 434 — for 2,891 yards with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Several other area players signed free agency deals after the conclusion of the draft. NC State safety Brandan Bishop went to the Vikings and UNC kicker Casey Barth signed a free agent deal with Atlanta.

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  • 4DukeTillDeath Apr 28, 3:52 p.m.

    Conner Vernon signed a FA contract with the Raiders when the draft was over. I knew the guy was no Calvin Johnson or Dez Bryant but I thought his college career and reliability alone would have gotten him selected.

  • Hammerhead Apr 28, 12:56 p.m.

    What Cut, and the Mannings couldnt pull this off? He will be in the Bronco training camp.

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    Heir apparent to Welker?

  • Toddler10-21 Apr 28, 12:45 p.m.

    What Cut, and the Mannings couldnt pull this off? He will be in the Bronco training camp.

  • 4DukeTillDeath Apr 28, 11:31 a.m.

    So the all time ACC leading receiver doesn't get sniffed in 7 rounds? Can't believe Conner Vernon didn't get selected.

  • shakennotstirred Apr 27, 8:43 p.m.

    I think Renfree has a shot at being a good NFL qb. I hope he gets some preseason play and surprise everyone like RW did most people out of NC...

  • Ken D. Apr 27, 8:32 p.m.

    When all was said and done, the ACC had 31 players selected. That ranked second only to the SEC, which dominated as expected with 63. Allowing for different numbers of teams per conference, the ACC is still second in players selected per team, followed by the Big East, the PAC 12, the Big XII, and the Big Ten in that order.

    FSU had the most by any school (11), followed by five SEC teams. UNC had five picks, tied for 10th. Twelve schools from BCS conferences were shut out. Duke avoided being one of them when Renfree was taken with the 249th pick. Louisville and Pitt also sat this one out, as did Boston College and Georgia Tech.

    As strong as FSU's performance was, it could have been better, as four more Nole players listed as prospects went undrafted. The bad news is that this is a huge talent drain leaving Tallahassee in one year. They will be a very young team next year.

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