Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington’s record-setting tight end, has been selected with the 38th overall pick in the second round in the NFL draft.
He is the first Husky selected in this year’s draft.
In his three seasons, the 6-foot-5, 262-pound Seferian-Jenkins broke nearly every record for a UW tight end, including career receptions (146), career yards (1,838) and career touchdowns (21).
In 2013, he became the first Husky to win the John Mackey Award, presented to the nation’s top tight end. He declared for the draft moments after his junior season had ended in December with the Huskies’ victory in the Fight Hunger Bowl.
Seferian-Jenkins will join a trio of other UW players with Tampa Bay, where the offensive coordinator is now former Cal coach Jeff Tedford.
Linebacker Mason Foster, defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and safety Dashon Goldson all also play for the Bucs.
He is the highest-picked UW player since QB Jake Locker went No. 8 overall to Tennessee in 2011.
Seferian-Jenkins in the 10th UW tight end drafted into the NFL, and the first since the Seahawks selected Jerramy Stevens in the first round in 2002.
Seferian-Jenkins is the second tight end selected in this draft. North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron was drafted 10th overall by Detroit on Thursday.
Bishop Sankey, who broke UW’s rushing record with 1,870 yards in 2013, is considered one of the top running back prospects available, and he’s likely to be selected today, too.
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