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NFL Draft 2013: Reviewing the Past 10 Years of Huskies in the Draft

16 Huskies have been taken in the NFL Draft over the course of the past 10 years.



Reggie Williams WR - First round, ninth overall pick by Jacksonville

For being arguably the best Husky receiver of all-time, Williams seems to have been largely forgotten less than 10 years after he left for the draft after his junior year. Williams was one of the original 6'4 220 receivers that seemed to dominate college football in the early and mid-2000s and his physical skills and insane production made him a Top 10 pick by the Jaguars.

Williams started out slowly, but looked like he was going to break out in 2006 and 2007, but never really could put together consistent numbers and was out of the league after 2008. Williams got a shot with the Seahawks in 2010 but it didn't work out and he has really been heard of since.

Tank Johnson DT - Second round, forty-seventh overall pick by Chicago

Johnson was a late bloomer for the Huskies since he was a partial qualifier, but he was as athletic as any player to ever play along the defensive line for Washington. Johnson could play just about any position on the defensive line and his stock skyrocketing after the 2003 season when teams saw his raw physical skills at the combine.

Johnson quickly started for the Bears and was part of Chicago's defense that was among the best in the league and went to Super Bowl XLI. Unfortunately, Johnson's skills on the field were perpetually overshadowed by his off-the-field legal problems throughout his career and he was out of the league in 2011 after stints with the Cowboys and Bengals.

Marquis Cooper LB - Third round, seventy-ninth overall pick by Tampa Bay

Cooper was an undersized, athletic inside linebacker that made plays all over the field and was another guy who shot up draft boards because of his athletic ability. Cooper didn't play much, but had a five-year NFL career when he sadly died in 2009 during a tragic boating accident while fishing in Florida.

Cody Pickett QB - Seventh round, two hundred-seventeenth overall pick by San Francisco

The record-breaking quarterback sadly actually may have been a much higher pick had he left after his junior season where he set the Pac-10's single season passing yardage record, but he came back for his senior year and had an underwhelming season that hurt his draft stock. Pickett played for the 49ers for a couple of years and started a couple of games when they were in dire straits, but ended up playing most of his career in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts.


Khalif Barnes T - Second round, fifty-second overall pick by Jacksonville

Khalif was a four-year starter for the Huskies and the first three of those years were a major struggle. Almost tragically, Barnes was finally starting to put it together his senior year but suffered a season-ending injury. Barnes is extremely athletic for his size and it paid off for him on draft day, as the Jaguars took him in the second round. Barnes has been a starter throughout nearly all of his now almost 10-year career and while he has never been a Pro Bowler he has been solid.

Derrick Johnson CB - Sixth round, two hundred-fifth overall pick by San Francisco

Johnson was a speedy cornerback that was great at jumping routes and made second-team All-Pac-10 as a sophomore and junior, though he didn't have a great senior season. Johnsons track speed and early production was enough for the 49ers to take him late in the draft. Johnson ended up having a five-year career and started some games, but never stayed with a team for more than one year.


Joe Toledo T - Fourth round, one hundred-fourteenth overall pick by Miami

Toledo was actually a tight end for most of his college career but was moved to tackle as a senior in a move that made his NFL Draft skyrocket due to the athleticism he brought to the tight end position paired with his legitimate offensive lineman size. Toledo was drafted in the fourth round almost purely on potential and had a five-year career though he was never a starter


Isaiah Stanback QB - Fourth round, one hundred-third overall pick by Dallas

Stanback played some receiver in college, but was primarily a quarterback and on his way to breaking out as a senior in 2006 until he went down with an injury. One of the most athletic quarterbacks to ever play for Washington, Stanback's speed got him taken by the Cowboys in the fourth round as a pure athlete. Stanback has etched a six-year as a special teams player and is currently on the Jaguars' roster.

Dashon Goldson S - Fourth round, one hundred twenty-sixth overall pick by San Francisco

Goldson was a highly-touted JC signee that while a solid starter, was never all-conference but was taken in the fourth round by the 49ers. Goldson quickly became a starter for the 49ers and has slowly improved during his career, eventually making the Pro Bowl in 2011 and the All-Pro team in 2012. He was a key part of Jim Harbaugh's terrific defense that led the 49ers to the Super Bowl last year, but he recently signed a huge contract with Tampa Bay during the off-season.


Donald Butler LB - Third round, seventy-ninth overall pick by San Diego

A consistent and polished linebacker that racked up tackle after tackle during his career, Butler's great size and production pushed him into the third round of the draft where the Chargers scooped him up. Butler missed his rookie season due to injury, but has really improved in the past couple of seasons and is one of the best young linebackers in the NFL right now.

Daniel Te'o-Nesheim DE - Third round, eighty-sixth overall pick by Philadelphia

Te'o -Nesheim is one of the hardest working players to ever play for the Huskies and he made most of his big plays with his huge motor that just doesn't quit. Te'o-Neshiem has only played sparingly during his career, but is currently on the Buccaneers roster.


Jake Locker QB - First round, eighth overall pick by Tennessee

Despite the fact that many pundits thought that Locker was slipping into the second or even the third round, the Titans took him in the Top 10 in hopes that he could be their next franchise quarterback. Locker mainly sat behind veteran Matt Hassleback during his first year, but got the chance to become the starter in 2012, though his success was mixed. 2013 will be huge for Locker to show that he can in fact be a good NFL starter.

Mason Foster LB - Third round, eighty-fourth overall pick by Tampa Bay

Foster was one of the best tacklers in the country as a senior and despite not being a physical freak, was a third-round pick by the Buccaneers. Foster has looked just as good as he did in college during his two years with the Buccaneers, and like Butler, he is one of the most promising young linebackers in the league.


Alameda Ta'amu DT - Fourth round, one hundred-ninth overall pick by Pittsburgh

Ta'amu's stock went up and down his last two years as a Husky as sometimes he looked like a first round pick, but other times looked like, well a fourth-round draft pick. Ta'amu never played for the Steelers and his career may be over before it even started due to a drunk driving incident during the 2012 season.

Senio Kelemete G - Fifth round, one hundred fifty-first overall pick by Arizona

Kelemete used his athleticism to move get himself drafted in the fifth round and though he only played in one game of 2012, he will have a chance to possibly establish himself next season.


Desmond Trufant CB - First round, twenty-second overall pick by Atlanta

Trufant's college career came full circle when he was taken in the first round by the Falcons who showed his worth by trading up to take him which makes it seem that they likely didn't think that he was going to be around in the draft for much longer.