The Washington Huskies have a long, illustrious history of creating football players who make it all the way to the top and compete in the NBA. Over the years, more than 300 Washington Huskies have been drafted by NFL franchises, with some 27 of those drafted players being first-round picks. The latest 2022 NFL draft betting markets suggest a quartet of Huskies will be plying their trade in the NFL during the upcoming season.
Only one former Husky has been drafted as the first overall pick since the NFL draft began. The Indianapolis Colts selected Steve Emtman first overall in 1992, but injuries blighted and ultimately cut short his career. Emtmann played 18 games for the Colts before moving to the Miami Dolphins in 1995, where he turned out 29 times. Emtmann ended his career in 1997 with the then Washington Redskins, having never fully recovered from a ruptured disc suffered in 1994.
Ninth overall is the closest the Huskies have come to a first overall pick in recent times. The Cincinnati Bengals drafted John Ross in 2017. Ross spent four seasons with the Bengals, playing 27 games, scoring ten touchdowns, and receiving 634 yards. Ross signed a one-year $2.5 million contract with the New York Giants but saw his playing time limited. The following former Huskies are likely to play professional football next season. Hopefully, they have a better time of it than Emtman and Ross.
Trent McDuffie - CB
Nobody will bat an eyelid if and when Trent McDuffie gets drafted in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft; he is pro-game ready, that is for sure. The cornerback, who hails from Westminster, California, was an outstanding talent for the Huskies from 2019 through 2021.
He played in all 13 games as a true freshman and recorded 45 tackles in addition to an interception. McDuffie managed 14 tackles and one interception in four games during a COVID-19-hit 2020 season. He registered another 35 tackles across 11 games in the 2021 campaign, his last in a Huskies uniform.
Rumors circulating right now suggest the Baltimore Ravens are interested in securing McDuffie’s services.
Kyler Gordon - CB
Kyler Gordon played as both a cornerback and wide receiver for Archbishop Murphy High School but dedicated his time to playing cornerback for the Washington Huskies. Between 2018 and 2021, Gordon turned out 33 times for the Huskies, made 98 tackles, two interceptions, and 14 passes defended.
Gordon is projected to be selected late in the first round or the start of the second round, with the Kansas City Chiefs having reportedly scouted him. However, the Los Angeles Chargers are also said to be sweet on Gordon, so do not be surprised to see him become a first-round pick in 2022.
Cade Otton - TE
Everything pointed towards tight end Cade Otton being a top 100 pick last season but the 6-6, 250-pound man elected to return to the Huskies for one more season. Otton played eight games in 2021, making 28 receptions for 250 yards and one touchdown before a leg injury ended his season prematurely.
Otton was a great servant for the Huskies for four years, playing 39 games, 91 catches for 1,026 yards, and nine touchdowns.
There is every chance Otton will replace a former Husky at the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks’ most productive tight ends from 2021 are free agents, including Will Dissly, who has been in Seattle for four years. Dissly showed plenty of promise in his first two seasons but seems to constantly struggle with injuries at some stage of the campaign. Perhaps the Seahawks will let Dissly go and replace him with Otton, who is destined to be a starter in the NFL.