Duke quarterback Sean Renfree was taken in the 7th round of the NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday. He was the 249th overall pick. It was the final day of the draft.
Renfree was the first player taken from Duke since 2004. He is the first Duke quarterback to be drafted since 1996.
Renfree is the school’s leader in single season passing accuracy (.673) and career passing accuracy (.647). His career passing yardage is third all-time (9,465). In his career, he was 898-for-1,389 with 51 touchdowns and 40 interceptions.
In the ACC, he is third all-time in completions, tied for fourth in 300 yard passing games (11), sixth in pass completion percentage, and seventh in passing yardage.
He helped guide Duke to their first bowl game since 1994 in his senior season. Renfree was 297-for-441 with 3,113 yards and 19 touchdowns (with ten interceptions) in his final season. He was named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and the recipient of both the ACC’s Jim Tatum Award and the Pop Warner National College Football Award for his off-the-field accomplishments.
Bleacher Report believes the Falcons got one of the best long-term quarterback in the draft and a backup for starter Matt Ryan. They also believe Renfree will fit in nicely with their offense.
In surprising news, wide receiver Conner Vernon was not selected, despite being the ACC’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards. USA Today was also surprised by him not being drafted and put him on their list of top players not drafted. USA Today also points out that typecasting may also have been a factor.
However, shortly after the final name was called, Vernon signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders.
Vernon was one of Renfree‘s favorite targets. In his final season, Vernon caught 85 passes for 1,074 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Raiders are fairly inexperienced at the wide receiver position, so he has a chance at making the cut. They also drafted quarterback Tyler Wilson out of Arkansas and the two showed great chemistry in the 2013 Senior Bowl.