Niang contemplated entering into the NFL Draft, but will look to boost his stock even more as a senior. It’s significant news for TCU as it’ll now return almost all of its offensive line for next season.
Along with Niang, left tackle Anthony McKinney and left guard Cordel Iwuagwu return. So does Austin Myers, who split time at left tackle and guard, and Kellton Hollins, who started the season at center before being replaced by Chris Gaynor. Wes Harris, an Aledo product, is back too after starting a couple games at guard.
But Niang proved to be the most reliable linemen for the Frogs. He is the only one who started every game last season, playing all 13 games at right tackle.
He started the final eight games at right tackle in 2017.
Niang was named to Pro Football Focus’ All-Big 12 first-team. Niang allowed no sacks and just seven pressures, according to the website, and graded out with the second-best blocking efficiency in the conference behind Kansas State’s Dalton Risner.
Niang, 6-foot-7, 330 pounds, mentioned his desire to play in the NFL at the Cheez-It Bowl last month, but wanted to make sure his stock is high as possible when he goes.
“The goal [is to play in the NFL], but I’m not in a rush,” Niang said. “I think highly of myself and I would like to go pretty high. If that’s not the case, I’m coming right back.”
Niang had a standout junior season, but knows there is room for improvement. He mentioned improving run blocking as a priority next season.
“I can say I did my job, but after every game I still feel like there’s a ways to go,” Niang said. “I can still get a lot better. I just want to be more dominant.”