'06 NFL Draft Watch: TCU

After suffering a losing season and not receiving an invitation to bowl game in ‘04, TCU now enters the Mountain West conference with high hopes. The team possesses several solid mid-to-late round draft choices.

Scouting the M-West:  TCU

TCU has a pair of solid NFL prospects at running back starting with Lonta Hobbs. A strong interior ball carrier who falls forward when tackled, Hobbs picks up yardage off initial contact and is an adequate receiver out of the backfield. Robert Merrill is also an effective north/south runner who bounces off tackles to pick up extra yardage. Solid workouts will put Hobbs into the draft's second day while Merrill has a similar grade for 2007. Junior tackle Herbert Taylor is a player we've like the past two years. A leverage blocker quick off the snap, Taylor is a solid athlete who controls opponents at the point of attack. Needing to add bulk to his frame, Taylor's home in the NFL could be at guard. Shane Simms is a nasty blocker at the guard position yet a limited athlete and undersized lineman. Quarterback Tye Gunn is a solid athlete who flashes skill behind center yet must improve his consistency as a passer. Corey Rogers is the team's homerun hitter at wide out and a solid junior prospect with good upside.

Defensive end Ranorris Ray is a leverage lineman who quickly alters his angle of attack and is rarely off his feet. Holding the point against blocks, he has potential as a two-gap lineman or a left defensive end.

TCU Prospect List

 Name Pos # Yr
Quincy Butler CB 4 4Sr
Drew Coleman CB 11 5Sr
Stephen Culp C 69 5Sr
Tye Gunn QB 15 5Sr
Lonta Hobbs RB 30 4Sr
Robert Merrill RB 33 4Jr
Ranorris Ray DE 88 5Sr
Cory Rodgers WR 17 4Jr
Shane Simms G 62 5Sr
Herbert Taylor T 78 4Jr
Michael Toudouze T 72 5Sr

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