And for the first time in a few years, it’s a draft where Husky fans can legitimately wonder where one of the team’s alums will be selected.
LB Donald Butler and DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim are each likely to be taken this weekend. Not today, probably, which is the first round, but could be tomorrow, when rounds 2-3 are held, and definitely by Saturday, when the rounds 4-7 are conducted.
Butler is viewed as going as high as the second round, Te’o-Nesheim possibly as high as the third.
Whoever goes first, he will be the first Husky taken since Isaiah Stanback (pictured right) and Dashon Goldson were each taken in the fourth round in 2007 — Stanback with the 103rd overall pick by Dallas, Goldson No. 126 overall to the 49ers.
UW hasn’t had a player taken in the first three rounds (or first day in the old nomenclature) pick since 2005, when Khalif Barnes went in the second round to Jacksonville, and hasn’t had a first-round pick since Reggie Williams went to Jacksonville in 2004.
Going two years without a draft pick was a first in Husky history, indicative of much of what has ailed this program the last few years.
UW has also had just 15 draft picks since 1998, by far the fewest of any 10-year period in school history. The caveats are that the draft has shrunk to seven rounds.
Still, UW had 42 players taken in the first seven rounds (to make a comparison accurate to today’s draft) from 1989-98, and 35 from 1979-88. Not real news there that the NFL-level talent hasn’t been as high the last 10 years as it was in previous decades, I realize, but if there was any doubting of that fact, the numbers beat it out.
The decade that is similar to this one is the ’70s as UW also had just 15 picks taken in the first seven rounds from 1969-78, a period in which there were a few tumultuous years and a coaching change.
As a refresher, here are UW draft picks since 2000:
Jabari Issa, DE, sixth round, Arizona
Lester Towns, LB, seventh round, Carolina
Marques Tuiasosopo, QB, second round, Oakland
Elliot Silvers, OT, fifth round, San Diego
Jeremiah Pharms, LB, fifth round, Cleveland
Hakim Akbar, S, fifth round, New England
Chad Ward, OG, sixth round, San Francisco
Jerramy Stevens, TE, first round, Seattle
Larry Tripplett, DT, second round, Indianapolis
Omare Lowe, CB, fifth round, Miami
Reggie Williams, WR, first round, Jacksonville
Terry Johnson, DT, second round, Chicago
Marquis Cooper, LB, third round, Tampa Bay
Cody Pickett, QB, seventh round, San Francisco
Khalif Barnes, OT, second round, Jacksonville
Derrick Johnson, CB, sixth round, San Francisco
Joe Toledo, OT, fourth round, Miami
Isaiah Stanback, QB-WR, fourth round, Dallas
Dashon Goldson, S fourth round, San Francisco
April 22, 2010 at 8:38 AM
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