Four Horned Frogs Drafted Saturday


April 30, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU had four players selected Saturday on the final day of the 2016 NFL Draft, giving the Horned Frogs a total of five taken overall.

Safety Derrick Kindred went to the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round, while offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round. The sixth round saw wide receiver Kolby Listenbee selected by the Buffalo Bills and center Joey Hunt by the Seattle Seahawks.

Unanimous consensus first-team All-America wide receiver Josh Doctson was a first-round pick Thursday night of the Washington Redskins.

TCU's five players drafted were its most in a season since five were taken in 2011, following the Horned Frogs' 13-0 Rose Bowl championship year. It was also one shy of the school record of six picks in the 2001 NFL Draft. TCU had multiple players drafted for the seventh time in the last eight seasons and ninth time in 11 years.

Kindred was a two-time All-Big 12 selection, including a first-team selection as a senior. He played the entire 2015 campaign with a broken collarbone and did not miss a game. The San Antonio native placed second on TCU with 87 tackles, including 3 1/2 for loss, to go with two interceptions, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. His 60-yard pick six at Kansas State ignited TCU's second-half rally from an 18-point deficit for the victory. He closed his TCU career with eight tackles in the Valero Alamo Bowl win over Oregon.

Kindred started TCU's last 29 games and appeared in 50 of 51 contests over his four seasons. He totaled 235 career tackles, including 12 for loss, with eight interceptions.

Vaitai was a two-time second-team All-Big 12 selection, starting 30 games in his TCU career. He started all 13 games at right tackle as a junior in 2014, before moving to left tackle his senior year. He was instrumental in TCU's offense ranking among the national leaders each of the last two seasons.

Vaitai is the fourth TCU offensive tackle drafted in the last seven years, joining Marshall Newhouse (2010, Green Bay Packers), Marcus Cannon (New England Patriots, 2011) and Tayo Fabuluje (Chicago Bears, 2015).

Listenbee was twice an All-Big 12 honoree. He totaled 74 receptions for 1,432 yards (19.4 per reception) and nine touchdowns in his TCU career. He had four 100-yard games. As a senior, he had 30 receptions for 597 yards and five touchdowns.

An All-American for the TCU track and field team, Listenbee ran a 10.03 in the 100 meters.

Hunt, a first-team All-Big 12 pick as a senior after being a second-team choice in 2014, was the anchor of the TCU offensive line. He started 35 consecutive games before being sidelined the final three contests this season. He was also a three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson has now had 41 players drafted with a total of 87 in NFL camps in 15 seasons. ESPN.com recently ranked TCU No. 1 in the nation for developing NFL talent.


 

 

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