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TCU has four drafted on Day 3, Trevone Boykin signs with Seattle

Derrick Kindred, who started 29 consecutive games at TCU despite playing his senior season with a broken collarbone, was drafted in the fourth round by the Cleveland Browns.
Derrick Kindred, who started 29 consecutive games at TCU despite playing his senior season with a broken collarbone, was drafted in the fourth round by the Cleveland Browns. khamphabouaphanh@star-telegram.com

Derrick Kindred became the second TCU player taken in the NFL Draft this weekend when the Cleveland Browns used a fourth-round pick on him, the first of four TCU players taken Saturday.

On Sunday, TCU place-kicker Jaden Oberkrom signed a free-agent deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Defensive lineman Terrell Lathan signed with the Tennessee Titans.

Quarterback Trevone Boykin, the school career leader for passing yards and touchdowns, was not drafted but signed as a free agent Saturday with Seattle, according to his agent.

Kindred, a 5-foot-10, 210-pound safety started 29 consecutive games at TCU despite playing his senior season with a broken collarbone. He finished second on the team in tackles as a senior and third on the team in tackles as a junior. Kindred’s selection was at No. 129, a pick the Browns acquired from the Carolina Panthers.

In the fifth round, with pick No. 164, the Philadelphia Eagles drafted TCU offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who played both tackle spots for the Horned Frogs. He started 13 games at right tackle as a junior and 10 games at left tackle as a senior.

Receiver Kolby Listenbee went to the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round, taken with the 192nd pick, and center Joey Hunt was the 215th pick, taken by Seattle in the same round.

With Josh Doctson going to the Washington Redskins in Round 1 on Thursday night, it gave TCU five draftees, one shy of the team record. It’s the ninth time in the past 11 years TCU has had two or more players drafted.

Kindred told Cleveland reporters he is healed from the injury.

“It’s already pretty strong, but getting it back stronger than how it was. I’ll be fine,” he said.

Kindred was one of four Big 12 players taken by the Browns with their 14 picks, including Baylor receiver Corey Coleman, Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah and Baylor tackle Spencer Drango.

Kindred said he can play either safety spot.

“I can be a strong safety and be on the line of scrimmage and make the big plays, or I can be at the back end playing the deep ball,” he said.

Listenbee told Buffalo reporters he loved his pre-draft visit and he is ready to play with something to prove.

“I’m the fastest football player, probably, in the NFL, so I bring speed; I’ve got great hands. Right now, I got a chip on my shoulder because I got to go out there and show what I have and, I mean, I just work hard,” he said. “I just need an opportunity to go out there and make it happen.”

Hunt, who told Seattle reporters he had knee surgery for a torn meniscus, said he’ll be able to adjust from a passing offense to a running offense.

“I’m a hard-working guy,” he said. “I want to be competitive, a guy who really studies the game and tries to learn and contributes to my team as much as possible.”

TCU running back Aaron Green, who rushed for 1,272 yards in 2015, was not drafted.

Carlos Mendez: 817-390-7760, @calexmendez

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