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Jessie Bates III | Safety

Team: Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Age / DOB:  (22) / 10/11/1996
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 195

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Bengals selected Wake Forest S Jessie Bates with the No. 54 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
Bates (6’1/200) went pro as a redshirt sophomore after tallying six career INTs with two pick-sixes. He also averaged 9.0 yards on punt returns including a 59-yard score last year. After watching Demon Deacons tape, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah said Bates has "Pro Bowl ability" with "excellent awareness/ball skills, and he’s tough." Bates ran 4.5-flat at the Combine and especially shined in the three-cone drill (6.78). Bates is a ball-hawking safety with enough short-area quicks and run-support physicality to drop down and cover the slot. Apr 27 - 8:39 PM

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