TCU had a surprise for the 40 or so NFL representatives, including Bears scout Chris Ballard, who showed up for the school's pro day on Friday.
Inside linebacker Jason Phillips was on crutches after undergoing surgery to repair a slight tear in his meniscus. Turns out he suffered the injury at the combine but it's not believed to be serious, and he did enough good things there that it shouldn't affect his draft status too much. Phillips is considered one of the better inside linebackers in a draft that's pretty strong at the position.
Running back Aaron Brown, who was not invited to the combine, helped himself with a 4.48-second, 40-yard dash. He's hopeful of having his name called during the draft. Center Blake Schlueter also turned in a strong performance. He was another player to be left off the combine list.
Safety Stephen Hodge, who ran a 4.57 in the 40 at the combine did only positional drills. Hodge also put up 22 reps on the bench at 225 pounds at the combine. Some question whether or not he has the range to play in the secondary and at 6-0, 234, he also projects as a weak-side linebacker.
According to nfldraftscout.com, Hodge spoke to some teams at the combine about playing linebacker. Hodge played in the Texas vs. The Nation game that general manager Jerry Angelo scouted.