Dressed in a traditional Samoan outfit, Danny Shelton – a 6-foot-2, 339-pound nose tackle – stepped on the stage, scooped the NFL commissioner up in his arms and lifted him about a foot off the ground.
Shelton, who was selected No. 12 overall by the Cleveland Browns on Thursday during the first round of the NFL draft in Chicago, could not contain his excitement, and Roger Goodell served as a comical outlet.
“It was a little bit planned,” Shelton told Cleveland reporters during a conference call, “but it was just an exciting time, so I had to do it.”
But Shelton’s celebration was only the beginning of what turned out to be a historic first round for the Washington Huskies.
Six picks later, the Kansas City Chiefs grabbed former Huskies cornerback Marcus Peters with the No. 18 overall selection, giving UW a pair of first-round picks for the first time since 1995.
And seven picks after that, at No. 25 overall, the Carolina Panthers picked Shaq Thompson, an All-American who played linebacker, safety and tailback for the Huskies as a junior in 2014.
It’s the first time in school history that three Huskies were picked in the first round. It had been 20 years since the last time UW had two players picked on the first day, when tailback Napoleon Kaufman (No. 17) and tight end Mark Bruener (No. 27) each went in the first round in 1995. Read more »