Friday, May 6, 2011
TCU = NFL factory?
TCU had five players drafted last week for the second time in three seasons. The Horned Frogs have developed into a veritable football factory.
- TCU had the most picks of any school in the state of Texas for the second time in three years, while its five draft picks tied for ninth among all schools.
- The Horned Frogs were one of just 13 teams to have at least five players drafted.
- TCU has had at least one player drafted in 10 of the past 11 seasons.
- In 10 seasons, coach Gary Patterson has had 29 players drafted.
Patterson discussed his success at getting players drafted at a news conference on campus earlier this week. Patterson said NFL clubs are looking for team players.
"There's a reason why we've won ballgames," he said. "You've got to have good players and they have to be disciplined. We've built a reputation where if it comes down to two guys they're going to take a TCU guy."
Case in point -- the Patriots took defensive back Malcolm Williams in the seventh round. Williams was a backup his entire TCU career. Quarterback Andy Dalton, a second-round pick of the Bengals, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the Horned Frogs have built a good reputation in NFL circles.
"It doesn't really matter if you're the starting quarterback or if you're playing special teams, there's still an opportunity there," he said.
Three of the players drafted -- Dalton, Jeremy Kerley and Marcus Cannon came from the offensive side of the ball. So what does that say about a team known for its defense? Clearly Patterson has done a good job getting talent on his team at every position. With the impending move to the Big East, he should do even better.