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Three TCU players hear their names called in this NFL mock draft

TCU football didn’t have the best 2018, dealing with a number of injuries in a 7-6 season, but the pass rush remained a constant.

Credit seniors L.J. Collier and Ben Banogu, who each earned all-Big 12 first-team honors. And those two are TCU’s top pro prospects going into this year’s NFL Draft.

The Athletic’s Dane Brugler has Collier going early in the second round to the Oakland Raiders at No. 35 in his latest mock draft. Banogu slips out of the Top 100, falling to the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round (No. 116 overall). And TCU linebacker Ty Summers is a sixth-round pick, going to the New Orleans Saints.

Collier is viewed as a borderline first-round talent, and could sneak into Day 1 depending on how the draft unfolds. For now, he is projected by most (including Brugler) as a Day 2 player.

Collier has been linked to the Raiders for several weeks, but they are not among the 10 teams he’ll take official visits to. Instead, the Top 30 visits include stops at the Bears, Vikings, Chiefs, Cowboys, Dolphins, Lions, Eagles, Seahawks, Titans and Rams.

Collier flourished in his first season as a starter last year, racking up six sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss and 42 tackles. He’s known more for being a power defensive end, not afraid to bull rush offensive linemen.

Banogu, meanwhile, tested well at the NFL Combine earlier this off-season. He also proved to be a quick study at the Senior Bowl, running with the linebackers. But most NFL teams view him as more of a developmental player entering the NFL.

As Brugler wrote, “Banogu is an interesting prospect because his tape isn’t all that impressive, but he was extremely productive (49.0 tackles for loss and 22.0 sacks over three years as a starter) and tested through the roof (4.62 40-yard dash and 40-inch vertical at 250 pounds). Teams will consider him in the top-100.”

Banogu led the Frogs with 8.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss last season.

Finally, Summers has gained traction of being a late-round draft pick in recent weeks. He had a solid showing at the NFL Combine, and teams are starting to watch film from his sophomore and junior seasons, rather than an injury-plagued senior year.

Summers was limited late last season with an ankle injury, but that is fully healthy now, Summers said at TCU’s Pro Day last month. Summers finished with 46 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss and four sacks, last season.

Among other notable items from Brugler’s full seven-round mock draft --

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is the top overall pick for the Arizona Cardinals.

Oklahoma OL Cody Ford is a first-round pick, going to the Houston Texans at No. 23. Murray and Ford are the only Big 12 players taken in the first round.

Texas A&M center Erik McCoy lands in the first round, going No. 22 to the Baltimore Ravens.

Texas DE Charles Omenihu is the first Longhorns player selected, a fourth-round pick by the Packers. Longhorns WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey, who declared for the draft early, is not among the 254 players taken in Brugler’s mock draft.

Texas Tech WR Antoine Wesley, who declared for the NFL Draft early too, is projected as a seventh-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals, which would reunite him with his college coach, Kliff Kingsbury.

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