Shortly after the final selection of the draft Wolf tweeted that he had signed a free agent deal with the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens did not draft any tight ends, Wolf will join two Ohio State Buckeyes who were drafted, running back J.K. Dobbins and linebacker Malik Harrison.
Recent interview with Eli Wolf
(4-20-20) For Minster’s Eli Wolf the NFL draft day could be his next big step in his football career. The ‘virtual’ draft starts on April 23rd and ends on the 25th.
It has been an interesting run for the Minster grad, including his high school career that was quite impressive and along the way he helped the Wildcats to a state title.
Wolf originally committed to Eastern Michigan (would have been a teammate with Coldwater’s Brody Hoyng), but would de-commit and join his brother Ethan at Tennessee as a walk on, later he would earn a scholarship.
In 2018 his last season at Tennessee, he played in all 12 games, with seven starts…finished the season with five catches for 30 yards and one touchdown…first career TD catch came vs. South Carolina from five yards out…recorded his first catch of the season at Auburn, a third-down conversion for 12 yards…made his first start of the season in SEC opener vs. Florida…saw action at both tight end and fullback in season opener vs. West Virginia.
Last season as a graduate transfer at Georgia he made a giant contribution. He was the Co-winner of the Georgia Offensive Newcomer of the Year…played in all 14 games, starting in the final two…finished the season with 13 receptions for 194 receiving yards and one TD…caught four passes for 73 yards vs. Murray State…two catches vs. Florida including a key 22-yard third-down conversion on the Bulldogs’ final drive…lone catch vs. Auburn was the Bulldogs’ final score of the day, from five yards out with 6:27 left in the third quarter…caught one pass for 47 yards vs. Georgia Tech.
NFL Draft Status – April 23-25
Due to the coronavirus ‘lockout’ Georgia had to cancel their March 18th Pro Day, despite that cbssports.com has Wolf ranked No. 425 overall and No. 25 among tight ends. bleacherrepot.com has him ranked at 22.
According to a Washington Redskins’ draft site Wolf impressed during the East-West Shrine game –
Wolf, a tight end from the University of Georgia, was the best receiving weapon for the East in the first half of this contest. Wolf consistently worked to get open, find space, and operated well when he was in space. He moved fairly well and showed off better receiving ability and movement skills than expected.
Wolf managed to finish the game with three catches for 49 yards. This should help him to make his case to be a late-round tight end pick even though he only caught 13 total passes during his final year at Georgia.
That said, his 6-foot-4, 236-pound frame may concern some scouts that will want him to add some extra weight to his frame. It wasn’t an issue in this game but against bigger, stronger, faster competition in the NFL, he’ll need to add some weight to find success as a blocker.
The Redskins have a need at the tight end position so they could consider targeting a guy like Wolf as developmental depth. He showed in this game that he has the ability to get open so at the very least, he could be good competition as a backup receiving tight end.
The New York Giants on sbnation.com shows that they might have some interest in Wolf.
Round 7, pick No. 218: Eli Wolf, TE, Georgia
Wolf accounted for 194 yards and a touchdown during his lone season with Georgia as a graduate transfer. The Giants do have Evan Engram at the position, but he has yet to play a full season in three years thanks to various injuries. Wolf would add solid depth at the position.
Draft sites have Wolf going as high as the 5th round, but the good news for him is that he should be able to catch on as a free agent and pick his team.
Did you know….
Eli’s brother Ethan (6’6 252lbs), who is Tennessee grad and recently signed a futures agreement with the Los Angeles Rams, was not drafted. Wolf was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Titans in 2018 and finished the season on the Packers’ practice squad, and he played for the Panthers and Jaguars during the 2019 preseason. He was resigned by the Packers near the end of the 2019 season.