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Former Alief Taylor star Duke Ejiofor drafted by Houston Texans

Alief Taylor has had a good day in the 2018 NFL Draft.

First, Oklahoma's Obo Okoronkwo was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the fifth round with the 160th overall pick.

Then 17 picks later, another Alief Taylor Lion came off the board - Wake Forest outside linebacker Duke Ejiofor was taken with the 177th overall pick by the Houston Texans.

"It's the greatest thing ever," Ejiofor said. "Just going through that process with Obo and a couple of those guys and to see it finally pay off is an ultimate blessing. I'm just ready to get to work."

Ejiofor admitted that the him and the Texans didn't meet or talk at the NFL Combine and after that didn't know if his hometown team had any interest in him.

Ejiofor is recovering from right shoulder labrum surgery, which is an injury he suffered during the Clemson game in October.

"Shoulder is doing well, looking to be cleared by training camp," Ejiofor said.

Ejiofor finished his Wake Forest career with 128 tackles and 23 1/2 sacks. He also had 41 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and six pass deflections.

Ejiofor joins a defensive unit which stars J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney.

"This is a dream come true," Ejiofor said. "I've watched J.J. Watt, Clowney and Whitney Mercilus. This is crazy, I can't believe I'm about to join them and learn so much from them."

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