The NFL draft has come and gone, and teams have moved on, looking ahead to making roster decisions. The scouts and analysts have given out their draft grades and it is time for the league to take a short break before the summer workouts begin.
Some teams did very well. Others, not too great. Of course, that is on the pro side of the ball. For the universities around the country, every draft is an opportunity for some bragging rights, and the Washington Huskies have a lot to brag about.
As far as the PAC-12 goes, the conference sent a total of 34 prospects to the draft. Washington was second to last for the number of players selected to go into the NFL (two), but they both went in the second round. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins was selected by the Buccaneers with the 38th pick, and RB Bishop Sankey went to the Titans, who used their 54th pick to grab him. It is also worth noting that Sankey was the first RB in the draft to be selected.
Being selected to play in the NFL is a huge individual achievement, and deserves to be celebrated as such. It was also a day the Washington Huskies athletic department could pat themselves on the back. Now they have a little more to lean on when trying to convince high school standouts to attend their university.
It is always fun to watch UW alums go on to have good careers in the NFL, and 2014 delivered us two more stories to keep up with in these young men. As far as the university itself is concerned, specifically the football program, it is always difficult filling the holes on your roster that a draft creates, but if any school can get it done it’s this one.