Every year Washington State football sends a hand full of players to the NFL. The first Thursday of the month, ECS will update how ex-Cougs are doing during the season.
Washington State football has a long tradition of sending players to the NFL. Emerald City Swagger will periodically check in on the progress of Cougars alumni playing at the highest level of professional football. Every first Thursday of the month, we will update you on WSU players in the NFL.
Right now there are 11 former Cougars on NFL rosters plus one that hasn’t signed or reported after being drafted this year. Many of them are not playing much right now or are on their team’s practice squad.
Shalom Luani, strong safety Seattle Seahawks. Luani was traded to the Seahawks from the Oakland Raiders on Sept 1. 2018. He was the Raiders seventh-round draft pick in 2017. The defensive back, played in all the games for the Raiders, starting one, and making 18 tackles.
Luani played in game three for the Seahawks where he had two tackles. Now with Earl Thomas out for the year, Luani could see more action, although the Seahawks may bring in a more experienced safety at some point. His ability to play both strong and free safety, plus his good play on special teams will keep him on Seattle’s roster.