TCU’s rise to national prominence hasn’t been done through smoke and mirrors. Coach Gary Patterson has accumulated a steady stream of NFL-caliber talent, including four players ranked among NFLDraftScout.com’s top 200 prospects for the 2011 draft At the top of the list is Marcus Cannon, the sixth-ranked offensive tackle projected to be a second-round pick. He stood by his workout numbers from the scouting combine last month, but quarterback Andy Dalton put on a strong showing at the Horned Frogs’ pro day held in front of representatives from 26 NFL teams after an uneven performance in Indianapolis.
Battling for position in the quarterback group between the second and fourth rounds, Dalton threw roughly 50 passes, with most of his few incompletions being drops. Dalton, who already has private workouts scheduled with the Bears, Browns, Chiefs and Patriots, also chose not to re-do his agility testing.
New Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden was on-hand, as was 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash, failing to improve on his best time of 4.56 seconds at the combine – which isn’t blazing for an undersized (5-feet-10, 189 pounds) receiver. Kerley did enjoy a strong Senior Bowl and has started to ease concerns about his route-running coming out of TCU’s spread offense.
Jake Kirkpatrick, the sixth-rated center by NFLDraftScout.com, ran a 5.32 40 with a 30 ½-inch vertical. He was not invited to the combine, but his 4.69-second shuttle run and 7.69-second 3-cone drill – two important agility drills for offensive line prospects – ranked in the middle of the pack compared to those who were in Indianapolis.
--Derek Harper, NFLDraftScout.com