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TCU’s Ben Banogu drafted 49th overall by Indianapolis Colts

TCU DE Ben Banogu was taken 49th overall by the Indianapolis Colts.
TCU DE Ben Banogu was taken 49th overall by the Indianapolis Colts. Bob Booth

TCU defensive end Ben Banogu didn’t have to wait long to hear his named called on Friday.

The Indianapolis Colts drafted Banogu in the second round with the 49th overall pick, taking the two-time All-Big 12 defensive end to boost a pass rush that ranked 19th in the NFL last season.

“So Excited and grateful for the opportunity!” Banogu wrote on his Twitter handle. “#ColtsNation LET’S GOOOOO!!!!!”

Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, the former Dallas Cowboys linebackers coach, was among the more notable NFL coaches in attendance at TCU’s Pro Day last month.

Banogu, who is 6 foot 3 and weighs 250 pounds, combined for 34.5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks the past two seasons with the Frogs. He is listed as an outside linebacker for the Colts.

Banogu had a standpoint performance at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in the pre-draft process, posting the longest broad jump by a defensive lineman since 2003 at 11 feet, 2 inches.

Banogu told Colts reporters that the team intends to use him at multiple positions, ranging from outside linebacker to defensive end. He worked at outside linebacker during the Senior Bowl in January.

Banogu will be the second TCU player on the Colts roster, joining safety Derrick Kindred.

Banogu is the second TCU player taken in this year’s draft. Fellow defensive end L.J. Collier went No. 29 overall to the Seattle Seahawks in the first round on Thursday night.

This marks the first time since 2010 that TCU has two Top 50 picks when Jerry Hughes and Daryl Washington were taken Nos. 31 and 47, respectively.

TCU could have another player or two taken in this year’s draft. Linebacker Ty Summers is projected as a Day 3 candidate. Linebacker Jawuan Johnson has garnered interest, as well, and could be a late-round pick. Returner KaVontae Turpin is also a candidate, although his legal issues may take him out of the mix for most teams.

For now, with Collier and Banogu being selected in this year’s draft, TCU has had 47 players taken in the draft in the Gary Patterson era. Collier and Banogu are the fourth and fifth TCU defensive ends taken in the last decade, joining Hughes (2010), Stansly Maponga (2013) and Josh Carraway (2017).

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