CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — All-Atlantic Coast Conference Wake Forest defensive tackle Nikita Whitlock understands too well that at 5-foot-11, he's not at the top of too many NFL draft boards. So Whitlock hopes a strong showing this week at the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl will open a few eyes.
Whitlock is among 98 players at the Citadel looking for the same thing. Scouts for all 32 NFL teams and most CFL clubs have attended practices, all looking for difference-makers on the field. Whitlock knows his impact probably won't be in the middle of the defensive line, where the 250-pound nose tackle made 82 stops — 19 of those coming behind the line of scrimmage his senior season.
Whitlock's practiced at defensive end as well as fullback and tight end this week.