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TCU NFL Draft preview: Where will DEs L.J. Collier, Ben Banogu land? We project ...

TCU has become an NFL factory in the last decade, producing at least one NFL Draft pick in each of the last 10 years.

The Frogs had three players taken in last year’s draft, and could match that number again this year.

Defensive end L.J. Collier headlines the group of TCU’s pro prospects this season. Here’s a look at the top draft-eligible players:

DE L.J. Collier

Collier is coming off an All-Big 12 season as a senior, and is a bubble candidate for a late first-round pick.

Projection: 2nd round, Detroit Lions (43rd overall)

He said it: “I knew my senior year I could improve my stock a lot if I really balled and played hard. I knew if I played hard, the way my play and my style is, somebody would come and notice me.”

DE Ben Banogu

Like Collier, Banogu is coming off an All-Big 12 season and is projected in the middle rounds. He has position flex as a possible linebacker at the next level.

Projection: 3rd round, New England Patriots (101st overall)

He said it: “I think I have the highest ceiling of all the edge rushers. Guys like Nick Bosa and Josh Allen, they’re great players and very polished. For me, I’m just now getting into it and seeing where I can be in five years. In five years, I feel I can be a top five, top three pass rusher.”

LB Ty Summers

Summers battled injuries and a position switch last season, but his sophomore and junior film should impress NFL teams.

Projection: 6th round, New Orleans Saints (202nd overall)

He said it: “I’m just blessed to have the opportunity to pursue this dream that I’ve had.”

WR KaVontae Turpin

Turpin got one of his two assault charges dismissed, but a Fort Worth charge still lingers. An NFL team will surely give him a chance given his unique skills as a returner, if his legal issues are resolved.

Projection: Undrafted free agent, Seattle Seahawks

He said it: “I’m a one-of-a-kind player. I just need an opportunity. That’s all I need.”

Other TCU players of note

WR Jaelan Austin; LB Jawuan Johnson; FB Casey McDermott Vai; S Ridwan Issahaku; S Niko Small.

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