UW linebacker Mason Foster was just selected in the third round by Tampa Bay with the No. 84 overall pick.
He becomes the second UW player taken in this draft following UW QB Jake Locker, taken in the first round Thursday.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian said after practice today that he thinks Foster will be “a great pro.”
“He’s such a versatile guy. He’s got the ability to play in space but yet play hard-nosed football. He’s an excellent pass rusher, and he’s got ball instincts. I don’t know how many times in two years, the ball gets tipped into the air and it finds its way into No. 40’s hands. He’s just got great instincts, and in the NFL he equates to a three-down linebacker, meaning he can play first- and second-down football, but even in nickel situations, he can rush the passer or cover people – he can do that really well too.”
Foster was second in the nation this year with 163 tackles.
UPDATE, 7:15 p.m. — Here’s a short story on Foster’s selection from Tampa Bay’s official web site.