(It's true, this game isn't until Saturday, but we wanted to get the preview up early. Look for several more up tomorrow)
We may now begin to properly evaluate Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner. Through two games, the junior has a sparkling stat line with 6.5 tackles for loss and five tackles. But that came against Murray State and Savannah State. Wake Forest doesn't have much of an offensive line, but it's at least an FBS challenge for the relentless junior pass rusher. Now that fellow pass rusher Brandon Jenkins is out for the season with a foot injury, teams can key more on Werner. Lets see how he adjusts.
Also off to a strong start for the 2-0 Seminoles is quarterback EJ Manuel. He's completing 77 percent of his passes this season.
Wake Forest, which is off to its own 2-0 start, doesn't have many senior NFL Draft prospects. The Demon Deacons had four players taken in last year's draft and 10 in the last three years. But the team may not have a player taken in 2013. Lets just be frank. The best thing about Wake Forest is Martin Rickman, who runs SB Nation's Wake site Blogger So Dear. After the jump, watch lists, a solid matchup and a question.
Wake Forest and No. 5 Florida State, noon, ESPN
Florida State Seminoles 2013 NFL Draft prospects:
Offense: No. 3 - EJ Manuel, QB - 6'5, 240 pounds (Senior), No. 84 - Rodney Smith, WR - 6'6, 219 pounds (Senior)
Defense: No. 95 - Bjoern Werner, DE - 6'5, 255 pounds (Junior), No. 91 - Cornelius "Tank" Carradine, DE - 6'5, 265 pounds (Senior), No. 93 - Everett Dawkins, DT - 6'3, 304 pounds (Senior), No. 11 - Vince Williams, MLB - 6'1, 250 pounds (Senior), No. 27 - Xavier Rhodes, CB - 6'2, 217 pounds (Junior), No. 20 - Lamarcus Joyner, DB - 5'8, 195 pounds (Junior)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons 2013 NFL Draft prospects:
Offense: No. 3 - Michael Campanaro, WR - 5'11, 195 pounds (Junior), No. 74 - Garrick Williams, C - 6'4, 310 pounds
Defense: No. 39 - Justin Jackson, OLB - 6'1, 220 pounds (Junior)
Key matchup: Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes vs. Wake Forest WR Michael Campanaro
Through two games, Campanaro has 22 receptions for 260 yards. That includes 13 catches for 164 yards last week against North Carolina. Rhodes overmatches him pretty easily from a size standpoint and he should be able to get physical with Campanaro. Rhodes has an interception and three pass deflections this season.
Question of the day:
Will Tank Carradine start an ascent up NFL Draft boards?
With Jenkins out for the season, Carradine has the opportunity to live up to his ability as a starter. Carradine certainly has the size and good athleticism for an end. But he's been limited to a backup role during his career.