The 2020 NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis wrapped up over the weekend, and TCU Football tested among the top college programs in the country. The Horned Frogs will have the hardware to show for it as well.
NFL Research released its medal standings Monday, with TCU earning five individual medals to finish tied for third-best among all collegiate programs. The 2020 performance is a far cry from 2018, when the Horned Frogs sent only two players (Kyle Hicks and Joseph Noteboom) and totaled just one medal. Noteboom, now with the Los Angeles Rams, placed second among offensive linemen with a 4.44-second shuttle time to earn a Silver Medal.
2020 Combine Medal Count recap— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) March 2, 2020
Medals were awarded to the first, second, and third place finishers in each drill within each position group@NDFootball had the most total medals (7)@UMichFootball @MizzouFootball & @HawkeyeFootball tied for the most Gold medals (3) pic.twitter.com/LSWrsPg5w7
The NFL Draft Combine awards Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals to the top 3 finishers in each event at each position group throughout the week. Seven Horned Frogs took part in the scouting combine this year, and three of them (Jalen Reagor, Sewo Olonilua and Darius “Jet” Anderson) performed well enough to lock down some awards. Most notably, TCU led all programs with a combine-best four Silver Medals.
Reagor accounted for two Silver Medals after finishing second among wide receivers with an 11-foot-6-inch broad jump and a 42-inch vertical. Anderson added two medals of his own, taking Silver in the broad jump with a 10-foot-8-inch mark, second-best among running backs.
Jet also completed the 20-yard shuttle in 4.19 seconds, good for third place and TCU’s only Bronze Medal. Olonilua walked away with one medal in the bench press, where he repped 225 pounds 25 times to take second among running backs and earn the Silver Medal.
Other notables who tested at the combine include Ross Blacklock, Cordel Iwuagwu and Jeff Gladney. Lucas Niang was invited, but did not participate after undergoing surgery for a torn labrum during the season. He did give an interview though, detailing the injury and his disappointment in not being able to compete at the combine. Additionally, NFL beat expert Ian Rapaport provided an update on Niang’s health this past week.
#TCU offensive tackle Lucas Niang, who underwent hip surgery in November, has received positive reports on his hip, source says. No setbacks or issues. Niang re-enters the conversation as one of the top OTs in the class.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 26, 2020
Iwuagwu recorded top-25 finishes among offensive linemen in 4-of-6 drills including the 40-yard dash, bench press, 20-yard shuttle and vertical jump. Blacklock, parking tickets aside, made some noise in the agility drills, most notable running a 4.91 in the 40-yard dash that caught the attention of the NFL Network broadcasters.
Gladney was the last of the TCU combine invitees to test over the weekend. The lock-down cornerback’s highlight performance was tying for seventh with 17 reps in the bench press, an impressive feat for the 5-foot-10, 191-pounder. He also recorded a top-12 40-yard dash time, clocking in at 4.49 seconds.
We’ll see what the future holds for these Horned Frogs, as well as many others, when TCU eventually hosts its Pro Day for NFL scouts and coaches.