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May 21, 2007 at 10:54 AM

Draft prospects for 2008?

Our discussion the past few days of Huskies in the NFL elicited the question of what UW’s early prospects are for the 2008 Draft.
The somewhat unhappy reality is that they are not necessarily all that glittering.
An awful lot obviously can, and will, change between now and next April.
But at this moment, there aren’t any Huskies who would likely be eligible for the 2008 Draft who are projected as high-round picks.
Here’s one mock draft of the 2008 first-round that includes seven Pac-10 players, but none from UW.
Here’s another pretty detailed look at the 2008 Draft that lists players by their perceived value by round, and doesn’t include a single Husky.
Those lists jibe pretty well with what I was told by a different draft expert who I talked to a few weeks ago. When I asked him who the top 10 Pac-10 prospects were for 2008, he first said, not entirely joking “just take the top 10 players off USC’s roster.” He didn’t mention any Huskies among 20 or so Pac-10 players he considered as pretty sure-things to be drafted next year.
The Trojans are obviously loaded, and they legitimately have at least that many players who are likely to be drafted next year.
As the above links point out, there are a few other sure-fire prospects in the conference such as Cal’s DeSean Jackson and Arizona’s Antoine Cason.
As for UW, what’s first worth mentioning is that the Huskies have only 17 true seniors on the projected two-deep for next season (that is, fifth-year seniors and fourth-year seniors who played as true freshmen and haven’t redshirted — there are a number of other fourth-year juniors listed as seniors). As the one guy told me, UW’s best prospects are underclassmen who aren’t likely to be eligible for the 2008 Draft (Jake Locker being most prominent).
I would think that the best 2008 NFL prospect could be WR Marcel Reece given his obvious physical traits and abilities, though with just nine career catches, he still has some work to do to prove he can produce consistently.

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