These are TCU's top 4 2019 NFL Draft prospects

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TCU has sent 45 players to the NFL under Gary Patterson, including a program record 14 from the 2017 class.

Could the 2018 graduating class be even bigger? Maybe not, but the 2018 class might have more players drafted.

Here's an early look at four TCU players most likely to be drafted in the 2019 NFL draft. TCU recruiting expert Jeremy Clark from offers his thoughts on each player.

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TCU's Top 4 2019 NFL draft prospects

DE Ben Banogu (6-4, 249)

Banogu started attracting NFL scouts during the 2017 season. He decided to return for his senior season and that could help land him high in the draft. His 8.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss were second in the Big 12.

Clark: "Banogu has a good blend of size and speed and reportedly runs a 4.5 forty. With another solid season he will be the first Frog taken in the draft and he has a chance to be the first TCU defensive end since Jerry Hughes to get first round consideration."

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TCU defensive end Ben Banogu, right, will be a senior leader for the Horned Frogs' defense in 2018 and could be one of the first TCU players selected in the 2019 NFL draft. Max Faulkner

LB Ty Summers (6-2, 235)

Summers is likely to break former teammate Travin Howard's all-time record for tackles for the Frogs this fall. Summers' speed is likely to attract scouts and his tackling is on par with Howard, who was taken in the seventh round by the Rams on Saturday.

Clark: "Like Travin Howard, Summers has a nose for the ball. Like Banogu, Summers blends great size and speed for the position. The good thing about Summers is his experience playing in the Big 12; he has the ability to plug holes as a run stopper or to play in open space against slot receivers. He will be a steal for a team; likely in the fourth or fifth round."

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is pushed out of bounds by TCU linebacker Ty Summers during a game in November in Norman, Okla. Summers will take over Travin Howard's strong side linebacker position in 2018. Sue Ogrocki AP Photo

WR/KR KaVontae Turpin (5-9, 157)

Despite his size, Turpin has excelled in the Big 12. At 5-foot-9, Turpin may get overlooked by some NFL teams. But if they believe in speed, he could be a steal, especially for a team needing a return specialist.

Clark: "He will likely get the same kind of blow back from NFL teams, but there won't be any denying his gamebreaking speed or his ability as a return specialist. He's definitely shown that he can change the outlook of a game with just one return. He may not go until the very last round, but someone will take a chance."

TCU receiver KaVontae Turpin is on the way to scoring one of his four touchdowns in the 2015 game against Texas at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Brandon Wade Star-Telegram

DT Ross Blacklock (6-4, 326)

Blacklock will be draft eligible as a redshirt sophomore after redshirting as a true freshman in 2016. Blacklock was named Big 12 Co-Defensive Freshman of the Year in '17 and will see his draft stock rise this fall with another solid season. Clark thinks Blacklock would benefit from staying with the Frogs another year or two but expects his stock to rise.

Clark: "His name will start to generate more buzz. He obviously has great size and his explosion off the line is very impressive for a player his size. I'm not saying Blacklock would leave early, but it's worth noting that he will be eligible too."

TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock (right) brings down Texas quarterback Shane Buechele for a sack in the fourth quarter of a Nov. 4 Big 12 game at Amon G. Carter Stadium. It was one of seven sacks in the game by the Horned Frogs and two this season by Blacklock, named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team. Max Faulkner

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