TCU’s Ty Summers talks about his Pro Day, NFL dreams
TCU linebacker Ty Summers had a lengthy wait to hear his name called in the NFL Draft. But it eventually came on Saturday.
The Green Bay Packers selected Summers in the seventh round with the 226th overall pick. Summers faces an uphill battle, but he’s got an opportunity and will do his best to make the 53-man roster.
Summers is the third TCU player taken in this year’s draft, all from the defense. It’s the first time three defensive players have been taken in the draft since 2009.
Defensive end L.J. Collier was a first-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night, and pass rusher Ben Banogu was a second-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts on Friday.
Summers gained traction of being a late-round draft pick in recent weeks. Why?
He had an incredibly productive college career despite a down senior season when he battled injuries and a position switch.
Summers finished with 46 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss and four sacks, last season, but impressed at the NFL Combine. He ran a 4.51-second 40-yard dash, did 27 reps on the 225-pound bench press and had a 36-inch vertical jump.
Plus, teams went back and watched his sophomore and junior film. As a sophomore, Summers had 121 tackles and posted double-digit tackles in eight games. As a junior, he had 64 tackles.
Summers finished his TCU career with 319 tackles, the second-most by a Frogs player in the Gary Patterson era. Summers converted to linebacker after joining the program as a two-star quarterback recruit out of San Antonio Reagan.