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TCU’s Gary Patterson: Pro Day one of funnest days of year

TCU coach Gary Patterson enjoyed spending time at the school's Pro Day on Friday. The Frogs have several NFL talents, including L.J. Collier, Ben Banogu and Ty Summers.
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TCU coach Gary Patterson enjoyed spending time at the school's Pro Day on Friday. The Frogs have several NFL talents, including L.J. Collier, Ben Banogu and Ty Summers.

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.

TCU defensive end L.J. Collier has seen his NFL Draft stock improve since his senior season ended. Collier is a possible a first-round pick in this week's draft.

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.

TCU defensive end Ben Banogu is pursuing a career in the NFL, but wasn't the most highly-touted recruit coming out of high school. But he has a message for anyone in a similar position.

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.

TCU linebacker Ty Summers was pleased with how his Pro Day went on Friday. He's chasing an NFL career after a terrific college career saw him leave TCU as its second-leading tackler in the Gary Patterson era.

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.

Former TCU LB Jawuan Johnson is taking part in this week's College Gridiron Showcase. Johnson is hoping to make a favorable impression on professional scouts.

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