As the 2019 NFL Draft started to dwindle into the Nashville starry Saturday night, the Green Bay Packers selected Ty Summers, inside linebacker out of Texas Christian University (TCU) with pick No. 226. After losing Jake Ryan this past off-season to the Jacksonville Jaguars via free agency, the pick makes sense.
Ty Summers was a projected fifth-round pick but slipped to Green Bay in the seventh. As he sat there on day three, Summers said his phone began to ring with teams who were interested in him but no takers, that is when his phone lit up with the area code “920”, Summers and his family expected the same answer as the few before, but in fact it was Green Bay calling to inform him that the TCU linebacker was going to be their eighth and final pick of the draft. “It was kind of weird. I went to answer a call and I was like, ‘Wait, this is actually ‘The Call,” Summers said. “So everyone got excited, started standing up around me it was a cool atmosphere. Everyone was really excited for me.”
As a dual threat quarterback out of Reagan High School, Summers threw for 1,988 yards with 16 touchdowns while adding 1,773 more yards and 31 TDs on the ground. After his senior year he almost committed to Rice University, but that’s when TCU came knocking on his door. They liked his physicality and he made the transition to linebacker where he started as a redshirt freshman in 2014 before suffering two torn labrums, making him take a medical redshirt in his second season. He bounced back nicely where he was an honorable mention for Big 12 defensive freshman of the year. Summers didn’t miss a start in 2016 and 2017 before starting eight games last season and played defensive end with TCU suffering multiple injuries to their front seven. As a three year starter at TCU, Summers racked up 317 tackles, 10.5 sacks, and two interceptions.
The 6’1” 241 lb Summers put on a great showing at this years combine. Summers displayed great speed by posting the fifth best forty-yard dash among LBs at 4.51, while hitting the 225 pound bench press for a third best 27 reps among LB who participated at the combine. Summers also ranked eighth in vertical jump (10’3”) along with tying for fifth in the broad jump (36”). It’s easy to say that Summers brings that crazy athleticism that seems to follow TCU linebackers into the NFL such as Jerry Hughes, Daryl Washington, and Tank Carder, not to mention Summers is one of three TCU linebackers drafted this year. The only knock on Summers is that he sometimes struggles in pass coverage, but he excels in pass rushing ability as well as stuffing the run. He should be a great plug-in for Mike Pettine 3-4 scheme in what is now becoming a very athletic middle linebacker core.
Summers will compete for a role behind Blake Martinez, but could become a great special teams contributor. Ty Summers will wear No. 44