Ty Summers, LB
School: TCU | Conference: BIG 12
College Experience: RS Senior | Age: 23?
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 236 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 5th Round
NFL Comparison: Oren Burks
Ty Summers was a 2-star recruit from San Antonio, Texas whose only other offer was from Rice. Summers was a high school QB but when he was being recruited by TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson he knew a position switch was coming. TCU runs a 4-2-5 defense and Patterson saw traits in Summers that he knew would be good for that side of the ball. The initial start to Summers college career on defense ended just as quickly as it started when he suffered a season ending injury in the season opener back in 2014. Luckily for Summers he came back strong and by his RS Sophomore season he was named to the All-BIG 12 second team. He was named team captain this past season and is tied for 6th place for most tackles in a single game in TCU history (23 in 2015). Before the combine some thought summers was not athletic enough to be an early day 3 pick. He exceeded all expectations and now has people taking a second look at what he can do.
- Great size, athleticism and strength for the position.
- Shows good read and react ability and instincts. Vision is good sorting through blocks and whats going in the backfield. Movements are measured and not erratic and can get himself into good position to make tackles at or near the LOS. Has the quickness to knife into the backfield to make plays as well.
- Moves well in space in coverage. He needs work as far as technique and coming up with a strategy to defend passes but he stays within arms length of his assignments and discourages those easy passes in the flat or over the middle.
- Has some experience playing DE and has the strength to rip and swim to get off blocks from offensive linemen to create pressure.
- Doesn’t offer much in realm of rushing the passer. Just about all of his sack production has been coverage based.
- Tackling technique is highly inconsistent. There are times he looks text book and times where he looks like he’s trying to grab a wet bar of soap. He’s had decent tackle production over his career but could have had a lot more.
- Requires some projection because his test numbers don’t always match the film and likely won’t be a fit in the middle of every defense.
Let’s see his work:
TCU ILB Ty Summers is a really solid coverage ILB. His instincts and awareness coupled with quickness allow him to really be a great stopgap over the middle. Dude is one of the stickier ILBs I’ve seen, there’s rarely any separation when he’s on a guy. pic.twitter.com/T936kWq9LG— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) January 30, 2019
TCU LB Ty Summers, per his a post on his Instagram, will play today vs. Baylor after missing the team's past two games with an injury sustained at Kansas.— Dean Straka (@DWStraka49) November 17, 2018
He had a pretty big role in securing the Horned Frogs' 28-21 win over the Bears in 2015, as you may recall: pic.twitter.com/D3bk0A2m0y
Linebacker prospect I’ve liked the more I’ve watched:— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) April 5, 2019
TCU’s Ty Summers
Fair amount of missed tackles in space, but he’s a twitchy athlete with major explosiveness. Both traits come in handy vs. run and in coverage. Outstanding blitzer. Tested very well too.
How He Would Fit On The Redskins?
Ty Summers has made himself hundreds of thousands more dollars in about 2 months. He really surprised at the Combine with how well he tested athletically not only in speed and agility drills but also showing off his strength in the BP. I think Summers has a natural feel for the position despite being a converted QB and I think he can get even better at the position with more experience. I’m not sure he has long term starting caliber upside but he would be a fine special teams player and a fine rotational ILB that can get a few snaps a game when the starter gets tired. I disagree with the assessments I’ve read on him about not being able to stay on the field during passing downs. He certainly has the speed and athleticism to stay on the field and while his coverage needs work its not exponentially more horrible that some of the higher rated guys at the position in this class. I mean he stayed with Hakeem Butler some people’s WR1 in the Iowa State tape. I think the main reason his value is limited is because of his inconsistency as a tackler as well as him limitations as a pass rusher. Still in a backup / special teams role I think Summers provides a nice safety net at the position. I think he could be fine in a 3-4 but I think where he really would shine are in these nickel sub 4-2-5 packages which is similar to what he played in in college. The Redskins have quite a few of these in their playbook.