Two Washington players were drafted in the 2014 draft, with Austin Seferian-Jenkins going early in the second round, later followed by Bishop Sankey by the Tennessee Titans after the team traded up to select him.
Nobody was selected from UW through the end of the draft, but immediately following the final pick of the draft, teams got on the phone with agents for all of the players not selected. One of the first to agree with a team was Kevin Smith, with the Arizona Cardinals. The next Husky domino to fall was Keith Price, staying in Seattle to play with the Seahawks.
Price was one of the best quarterbacks in the history of Washington football. He struggled through a junior campaign that saw him hobbled by various injuries, but bounced back with a strong senior campaign. Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll said that the familiarity with the local star was a big reason the two came to an agreement.
Smith fought back from a torn ACL in 2011 to make a return in 2012 but was clearly not ready to play. He was the then the leading receiver for the Huskies in 2013 with 785 yards, and had a team-high 15.3 yards per reception. Smith was one of the "ACL gang" which is a group of players personally near and dear to my heart.
When we find out more news about the remaining Huskies likely to draw interest from NFL teams (Gregory Ducre, Sean Parker, Travis Coons) we will provide further updates.
UPDATE: Greg Ducre is headed to the San Diego Chargers, and Travis Coons is joining Sankey (and Jake Locker) with the Tennessee Titans. As I thought, Sean Parker has received a non-roster invitation to the Washington Redskins rookie mini-camp.