2011 NFL Draft: The Big 5 TCU Horned Frogs That Were Drafted
The TCU Horned Frogs had 15 players up on the big board eligible to be drafted this weekend. Only five made the cut with a few more destined to be signed afterward to an NFL training camp. That is, if the players and owners can get it together and get this league running again.
Gary Patterson and TCU produced a very talented crop with the likes of Andy Dalton, Jeremy Kerley, Jake Kirkpatrick and Jimmy Young. Here is a quick recap of the haves and the haves not and what is projected to be their role on their new teams.
Round 2, 35th Overall, QB Andy Dalton: Cincinnati Bengals
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Andy Dalton was the fourth-ranked quarterback going into the draft and was projected to go in the first or second round. Most thought the Seattle Seahawks would nab him with the 25th overall pick but the Bengals held steady and got him with the third pick in the second round.
The Bengals are getting a leader known for being a tough competitor and a proven winner who is both mentally and physically tough. His height might be an issue but putting a little bulk on his frame should be easy to accomplish.
There are lots of questions with the Bengals and Carson Palmer. He has demanded to be traded or he would retire. As of now, Dalton is competing for a starting spot along with current Bengals Jordan Palmer and Dan LeFevour. Best case scenario is to pick up a veteran QB and let Dalton mature and learn, but he could see action early.
Round 5, 138th Overall, OT Marcus Cannon: New England Patriots
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Tabbed as a second- or third-round pick, Cannon was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma that sent his stock spirally backward.
Cannon was ranked as the 12th overall OT and 131st overall, and the New England Patriots found this the perfect spot to take a risk. A late pick for early-round skills.
Cannon is known to throw people around, but needs to work on his hand-to-hand pass blocking skills. He is huge at 6'5" and 358 lbs, but is very agile and quick for a big-man.
He is projected to move over to right guard or right tackle once he is back into football-mode. When treatment is done, football begins but he could start on the physically-unable-to-perform list to save a roster spot and be held over until 2012.
Round 5, 153rd Overall, WR Jeremy Kerley: New York Jets
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Kerley joins past Horned Frogs LaDainian Tomlinson and Drew Coleman in New York. Kerley, 2 1/2 inches shorter than the average NFL wide receiver, is known for running screens and quick-hitting routes at TCU.
He is a confident pass catcher that has strong hands and is fearless on punt returns. The Jets truly believed in Kerley, trading up 8 spots to get him by swapping picks with Philadelphia and trading their 5th and 6th round picks for a 7th rounder.
Kerley is projected to be a slot receiver along with Jericho Cotchery but his main impact will be on special teams where he should take over punt return duties. Kerley could become the next Devon Hester.
Round 6, 190th Overall, S Colin Jones: San Francisco 49ers
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Unless you are a Horned Frog Fan, you probably haven't heard of Colin Jones. Jones played it big time in the Rose Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers, where he had 10 tackles and one sack.
Jones was the 26th-ranked safety on the board and is most known for his performance during the TCU pro day. He really impressed scouts, running a 4.34 40-yard dash, which is quite impressive for a safety.
Colin Jones is projected as a special teamer but that is if he make the team. He has great versatility and athleticism and should make an impact for the 49ers.
Round 7, 219th Overall, DB Malcolm Williams: New England Patriots
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There is a reason you get a picture of the TCU dance squad in place of Malcolm Williams. He is unknown even to diehard TCU fans.
Most known for being a recruit for OU, he went on to play at Trinity Valley JC and then with TCU for two years. His career stat-line for the Frogs is 22 tackles, with 16 coming on special teams.
Obviously New England sees something that NOBODY else sees. But, and that is a BIG but, if he makes the team it will clearly be on special teams.