I probably should have posted this earlier, but I figured now that the NFL Draft is over, it might be worth reviewing UW’s recent draft picks. For no reason other than that it seemed like a timely place to start, I’ve listed every pick since 2000, updating with this year’s draft:
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
Jake Locker, QB, first round, Tennessee
Mason Foster, LB, third round, Tampa Bay
Alameda Ta’amu, DT, fourth round, Pittsburgh
Senio Kelemete, OL, fifth round, Arizona
If you’re keeping score of which coaches signed which players, each of the players in the first three years on the list were signed while Jim Lambright was head coach.
Eight of the players drafted (all listed from 2004-07 other than Goldson, who signed as part of Keith Gilbertson’s lone class in 2004) were signed by Rick Neuheisel. The players from 2010-12 were signed by Tyrone Willingham, giving him six drafted players (with five more players who signed on his watch remaining on the roster).
— Also, several reports out there, including from KJR-AM’s Dave “Softy” Mahler, that Cort Dennison will attend a Miami Dolphins’ mini-camp over the weekend. This is not the same as signing as a free agent, as did Chris Polk, Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar. The Dolphins also signed a number of undrafted free agents but are also inviting in some players this weekend to try out, which is apparently what Dennison is doing.
As part of the new collective bargaining agreement last summer, NFL teams can bring 90 players to camp now instead of the 80 of past years. So that’s obviously as many as 320 more players who could be signed to at least a camp contract. The final playing roster size is 53, so lots of competition to make it. Interestingly, Miami signed a couple of other Pac-12 linebackers to free agent deals — Oregon State’s Cam Collins and Arizona State’s Shelly Lyons.