Washington had its 4th player this weekend drafted as Luke Wattenberg was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 171st overall pick in the NFL Draft. Many thought there was a chance he would be a late selection but the 5th was higher than predicted. Clearly Denver valued Wattenberg's versatility and athleticism.
The 6’4 Wattenberg had a long (very long) and varied career with the Washington Huskies. He redshirted initially as a low 4-star recruit but rotated in at left guard from the start of his RS frosh year then took over at left tackle midseason once starter Trey Adams went down with a season-ending injury. As a sophomore he started every game at left guard as the Huskies won the Pac-12 and faced off against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. Wattenberg’s junior year he once again started 13 contests as the left guard.
During Washington’s pandemic shortened 4-game season Wattenberg made the move to center for the Huskies starting all of those contests. He decided to return for a 6th year of college (5th on the field) in 2021 and once again started every game at center.
Per Pro Football Focus, Wattenberg gave up 5 snaps in 1,694 pass blocking snaps over the course of his Husky career. His PFF overall grade went up every single year he played from 59.4 as a RS freshman to 72.7 during his final year in college. Wattenberg was generally undersized but scored very well in his athletic testing at the combine compared to the average interior lineman.
#9 IOL #RAS 2022— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 13, 2022
Luke Wattenberg is a OC prospect in the 2022 draft class. He scored a 9.59 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 23 out of 532 OC from 1987 to 2022. https://t.co/vqzNnFEla3 #RAS pic.twitter.com/wcwduyBki2
For a more in-depth scouting report on Wattenberg and his pro prospects check out the article from our own Ben Glassmire.