With the 2014 NFL draft beginning tomorrow, I figured it’s a good time to take a look at how Huskies’ draft picks have fared in recent years.
We’ll begin with the 2005 draft to give a round 10-year window, because everyone loves round numbers.
CB Desmond Trufant, Atlanta Falcons (1st round, 22nd overall pick)
Career summary: Tacoma native started every game as a rookie in 2013, recording 70 tackles and two interceptions.
DT Alameda Ta’amu, Pittsburgh Steelers (4th round, 109th overall pick)
Career summary: Landed in Arizona after a bizarre DUI arrest led the Steelers to release him in November of 2012. Appeared in 14 games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 after sitting his entire rookie season.
OL Senio Kelemete, Arizona Cardinals (5th round, 151st overall pick)
Career summary: Appeared in one game for Arizona in 2012, then spent the 2013 season on New Orleans’ practice squad.
QB Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans (1st round, 8th overall pick)
Career summary: In his first three NFL seasons, Locker has completed 57.2 percent of his passes for 3,974 yards, 22 TDs and 15 INTs. He’s only started 18 games in that span, partially due to sitting behind Matt Hasselbeck his rookie year, and partially due to a series of injuries, including a right foot injury that ended his 2013 season. The Titans recently declined to pick up Locker’s fifth-year contract option for the 2015 season.
LB Mason Foster, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3rd round, 84th overall pick)
Career summary: Foster has started all but four of Tampa Bay’s games the last three seasons, and has accumulated 281 tackles, 5 interceptions and 2 defensive touchdowns in that span.
LB Donald Butler, San Diego Chargers (3rd round, 79th overall pick)
Career summary: Has started 40 games in three seasons in San Diego, recording 257 tackles, 3 interceptions and a defensive touchdown. Butler and the Chargers agreed in February to a contract extension.
DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Philadelphia Eagles (3rd round, 86th overall pick)
Career summary: Has started 26 games in two seasons with Tampa Bay after mostly sitting his rookie year with the Eagles, then doing the same in 2011 with the Buccaneers.
WR Isaiah Stanback, Dallas Cowboys (4th round, 103rd overall pick)
Career summary: Appeared in 18 games at receiver or on special teams for the Cowboys, Patriots and Jaguars and caught six passes for 52 yards after playing quarterback at UW. Spent some time trying to catch on with the Seahawks, but battled an Achilles injury during his time in Seattle and never appeared in a game.
S Dashon Goldson, San Francisco 49ers (4th round, 126th overall pick)
Career summary: Entering his eighth NFL season (and second with Tampa Bay) Goldson has made 332 tackles and 15 interceptions and established himself as a full-time starting safety during his time with the 49ers. He reportedly had ankle surgery this offseason and is expected to miss spring workouts.
OL Joe Toledo, Miami Dolphins (4th round, 114th overall pick)
Career summary: Never appeared in a game.
OL Khalif Barnes, Jacksonville Jaguars (2nd round, 52nd overall pick)
Career summary: Has started 103 of the 123 games in which he has appeared, including all 16 games in 2013 for the Oakland Raiders. Barnes is entering his sixth season with the Raiders — he re-signed in February — after spending his first four NFL seasons in Jacksonville.
CB Derrick Johnson, San Francisco 49ers (6th round, 205th overall pick)
Career summary: Appeared in 19 games in two seasons (2005-06) with the 49ers, Texans and Falcons.
As you can see, the Huskies haven’t had first-round selections in back-to-back drafts in the last decade. Nor did they in the decade prior. It’s a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since 1992 (Steve Emtman and Dana Hall) and 1993 (Lincoln Kennedy). Austin Seferian-Jenkins has an outside chance to end that streak tomorrow, as he’s mostly projected as a late-first, early-to-mid-second round prospect.
Regardless, once Seferian-Jenkins and RB Bishop Sankey are picked, it will give the Huskies multiple selections in the same draft in four out of the last five years, after not having a single selection in 2008 or 2009 (following the 2007 and 2008 seasons).
It’s also worth noting there have been a few undrafted free agents in that span who stuck on NFL rosters, most notably Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse, Oakland Raiders FB Marcel Reece, Eagles RB Chris Polk and former Seahawks special-teams captain Roy Lewis.
And just to look at it a different way, here’s a breakdown of UW’s last nine drafts by round:
1st — 2 players selected
2nd — 1 player selected
3rd — 3 players selected
4th — 4 players selected
5th — 1 player selected
6th — 1 player selected
7th — 0 players selected
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