Running back Kyle Hicks and offensive lineman Joseph Noteboom should be selected at the 2018 NFL Draft.
So, did the only two TCU players to receive invitations to the 2018 NFL Combine in Indianapolis help or hurt their stock this past weekend?
It's actually hard to say. Teams are first and foremost there to evaluate players. However, the dog and pony show also helps team's project where and when a player could be drafted.
Over the course of four days, players participate in numerous running drills and strength tests.
Here's how Hicks and Noteboom were tested, evaluated and projected to go in the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium, according to NFL.com.
RB Kyle Hicks
Height- 5'10; Weight- 212 pounds
40-yard dash-4.63 seconds; Bench Press-13; Vertical Jump-36.5 inches; Broad Jump-122 inches; 3-Cone Drill-N/A
Draft projection: Priority Free Agent (Undrafted)
Analysis/Grade (from NFL analyst Lance Zierlein): Hicks is an average sized runner with modest rushing talent but interesting potential as a pass-catching option out of the backfield. Hicks has relatively light feet and decent agility, but lacks the vision and patience needed to create additional yardage within the scheme. While Hicks can help as a pass catcher, his inability to burst and break tackles could limit his NFL opportunities.
OT Joseph Noteboom;
Height-6'5 ; Weight-309 pounds;
40-yard dash-4.96 seconds; Bench Press-27; Vertical Jump-24 inches; Broad Jump-102 inches; 3-Cone Drill-7.65 seconds
Draft projection: Third round
Analysis/Grade (from NFL analyst Lance Zierlein): Noteboom flashes the technique, hand usage, and athleticism you want out of the position but he doesn't do those things with enough consistency. His inability to gain and secure positioning as a move blocker is a concern as is his consistency as a finisher in running game. Noteboom was one of the tackles who flashed at the Senior Bowl in one-on-one drills and if he tests well at the Combine, he could hear his name called on Day 2.
Under head coach Gary Patterson, 42 TCU players have been drafted. Josh Caraway and Aviante Collins were invited to the combine a year ago. In 2016, TCU sent six players, including quarterback Trevone Boykin, receiver Josh Doctson, and defensive back Derrick Kindred. The Horned Frogs sent five in ’15, including running back B.J. Catalon, receiver Skye Dawson and offensive lineman Tayo Fabuluje.