With the NFL Draft now less than 24 hours away, I thought it might be worth reviewing UW’s recent draft picks.
So here’s a list of every UW player taken 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
Donald Butler, LB, third round, Chargers
Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, DE, third round, Eagles
And indicative of UW’s struggles in those years, the Huskies didn’t have any players taken in 2008 and 2009.
A few players during those years have also managed to make regular-season rosters as free agents, notably CB Roc Alexander, S C.J. Wallace, RB Rich Alexis, G Stanley Daniels, DE Greyson Gunheim, CB Roy Lewis, WR Dane Looker, RB Louis Rankin, WR/FB Marcel Reece, TE Kevin Ware and RB James Sims.
UW will have at least two players taken tomomrrow in Jake Locker and Mason Foster, with Nate Williams and Victor Aiyewa also given a chance by some to get selected, and likely to sign free agent deals if they don’t hear their names called.
UW has had 21 players taken since 2000, which is actually an 11-year period, or 19 since 2001, which makes it a cleaner decade.
The draft is now just seven rounds long, so any comparisons to past decades must also include just the first seven rounds to be accurate.
And as might be expected, UW’s number of draftees the past 10 years pales greatly to previous decades.
From 1991-2000 UW had 41 players taken in the first seven rounds of the draft; from 81-90 the number was 32; and from 71-80 it was 23.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Real interesting stuff from College Football Matrix examining which schools have been the best and worst at developing NFL draft picks the past decade. As would be expected from the evidence above, UW doesn’t fare too well.
— The Sporting News’ post-spring Top 25 includes five Pac-12 teams (fixed).
— Bob Clark of the Eugene Register-Guard has UW fourth in the Pac-12 North in his early projection.