When Jake Locker (right in an Erika Schultz photo) was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft last night, he became the 19th Husky taken in the first round.
Here’s a look at the others:
1941 — Rudy Mucha, center, (Cleveland Rams), 4th overall.
1941 — Dean McAdams, back, (Brooklyn Dodgers), 8th overall.
1952 — Hugh McElhenny, back, (San Francisco 49ers), 9th overall.
1967 — Dave Williams, flanker, (St. Louis Cardinals), 16th overall.
1978 — Blair Bush, center, (Cincinnati Bengals), 16th overall.
1980 — Doug Martin, defensive tackle, (Minnesota Vikings), 9th overall.
1981 — Curt Marsh, offensive tackle, (Oakland Raiders), 23rd overall.
1985 — Ron Holmes, defensive end, (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), 8th overall.
1986 — Joe Kelly, linebacker, (Cincinnati Bengals), 11th overall.
1987 — Reggie Rogers, defensive tackle, (Detroit Lions), 7th overall.
1990 — Bern Brostek, center, (Los Angeles Rams), 23rd overall.
1992 — Steve Emtman, defensive tackle, (Indianapolis Colts) 1st overall.
1992 — Dana Hall, cornerback, (San Francisco 49ers), 18th overall.
1993 — Lincoln Kennedy, offensive tackle, (Atlanta Falcons), 9th overall.
1995 — Napoleon Kaufman, running back, (Oakland Raiders), 18th overall.
1995 — Mark Bruener, tight end, (Pittsburgh Steelers), 27th overall.
2002 — Jerramy Stevens, tight end, (Seattle Seahawks), 28th overall.
2004 — Reggie Williams, wide receiver, (Jacksonville Jaguars), 9th overall.
2011 — Jake Locker, quarterback, (Tennessee Titans), 8th overall.
So as you can see, Locker is tied for the third-highest pick in UW history following only Emtman and Mucha (who played six years in the NFL as a guard after being a consensus All-American center for the Huskies in 1940).
And he’s tied with Holmes, who had a solid eight-year career in the NFL, and McAdams, who played three seasons.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Remember that UW will practice today at 4 p.m. at the Dempsey Indoor, a practice UW coach Steve Sarkisian indicated will include a lot of special teams work (and given that it begins roughly 19 hours before the spring game, is likely not to include much hitting).
— Also, the NFL Draft begins anew at 3 p.m., and the hope on Montlake is obviously that Mason Foster hears his name called during the two rounds that will be held today.
— Interestingly, the Titans appear pretty interested in Foster, as well.
— Here’s more detail on the selection of Locker by The Tennessean newspaper.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller with some good links and an overview of the Pac-12’s first round.
— Here’s some Tennessee front-office reaction to selecting Locker.
— The NCAA today upheld the penalties against former USC running backs coach Todd McNair. This is separate from the school’s appeal of sanctions levied against it, but seems to indicate some movement on the overall case. Here’s more on McNair.
— Jon Wilner says Utah should not be a pre-season Top 25 team.
— All but one of the top 10 picks was a four- or five-star recruit by Scout.com.
All for now.