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Ross Blacklock declares for the NFL Draft

The Frog DT had one year of eligibility remaining.

TCU Football vs SMU Football (Fort Worth, TX) | September 21, 2019
TCU Football vs SMU Football (Fort Worth, TX) | September 21, 2019
Melissa Triebwasser

He gave us hope for a bit, but as expected, redshirt junior Ross Blacklock is declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft.

One of the highest rated players to sign with TCU, Blacklock chose the Frogs during the Under Armor All-American game in 2016, picking TCU over offers from Alabama, Texas A&M, and a slough of others. After redshirting his first year on campus, Blacklock became a freshman All-American in 2017, thanks to 27 tackles, including 6.5 for a loss with two sacks across 14 starts. After being sidelined due to a non-contact injury during training camp in 2018, Blacklock returned to the field this last season and dominated, regularly drawing double and triple teams but still racking up 40 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks. He’s widely expected to be a first or second round pick and should be one of the Combine’s top performers.

A former four star recruit, Ross leaves a massive hole in the middle of the defensive line for TCU. But after dealing with one significant injury, his decision makes a ton of sense. The Frogs are expected to return Corey Bethley in 2020, one of the conference’s most underrated players and a DT capable of holding his own as the keystone of a unit that should be much-improved next season. He joins star wide receiver Jalen Reagor as the two TCU underclassmen declaring early for the draft. Both are expected to be off the board by the end of day two this spring.

Blacklock did TCU proud in his time on and off the field and deserves his big pay day. Go wow them, big guy!