For a second consecutive spring, TCU football has produced a trio of NFL draft picks.
Former Horned Frogs linebacker Ty Summers was selected by the Green Bay Packers on Saturday with the No. 226 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, making him the third TCU football product to have his name called this week in Nashville, Tenn. Defensive ends L.J. Collier and Ben Banogu were previously drafted in the first twp rounds.
Summers’ selection marks the third straight spring in which a former TCU linebacker has been drafted. Travin Howard was among three ex-Horned Frogs drafted in 2018, taken by the Los Angeles Rams in the final round. Josh Carraway was the lone TCU player drafted a year prior in 2017 — a final round selection by the Tennessee Titans.
Summers, who ended his senior season in 2018 with 46 total tackles and 4 sacks, exited TCU as the programs second all-time leading tackler since Gary Patterson was named head coach in December 2000. The San Antonio native posted 317 total tackles in four seasons as a Horned Frog, including a career-high 121 total tackles as a sophomore in 2016.
In tune with Collier and Banogu, Summers path to becoming an NFL draft pick — let alone one of the most versatile defenders to ever play for TCU — was far from traditional. A former 2-star recruit, Summers played quarterback in high school and was initially committed to Rice before flipping to take a chance at linebacker for TCU. That versatility continued to show itself one Summers arrived in Fort Worth, as he spent considerable time rotating between linebacker and defensive end.
Even with his impressive numbers in Fort Worth, it wasn’t until this spring that Summers’ draft stock truly took off. Summers was among the top performers at TCU’s pro day in late March, a performance that included the fastest 40-yard-dash time of any participant (4.51 seconds).
Now, once again, Patterson has successfully reminded the football world that “those star-ratings are yours, not mine.”