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April 23, 2009 at 8:53 PM

Draft day likely to leave Huskies wanting

The NFL Draft used to be a big deal around Montlake as UW fans watched to see where some recent ex-Huskies might get drafted.
And it surely will be again some day.
Buf for the second straight year, the Huskies are unlikely to have anyone taken in this year’s draft.
NFL Draft expert Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com said today that “I do not expect any Washington Huskies to be taken in the 2009 Draft.”
The only player who has much of a chance is center Juan Garcia, who was the only Husky invited to the NFL Combine and impressed with his strength.
But Rang says Garcia’s injury history is likely to prove hard to overcome in the minds of NFL teams that might have been willing to take a chance. Garcia battled a Lisfranc injury all last season and missed two years earlier in his career with leg and shoulder injuries.
“He was invited to the Combine which I thought gave him a chance,” Rang said. “The biggest thing there was the teams wanted to know about his medical history and I think that medical history is going to be so much of a concern that it is going to drop him out of the draft. Based on the way he plays with tenacity and physicality, he has a chance to get a late-round shot. But this is a very good class of centers that he happens to be a part of which is going to push his value that much lower. And then again there are the medical concerns which I think are just too much. I think he is going to be an undrafted free agent.”
UW’s draft day drought figures to end next season, however, with DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim considered at the moment a likely draftee (he’s in the fourth round of this mock 2010 draft, for instance).

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