Five Washington Huskies heard their name called in the draft last spring. Four in the first two rounds!
- John Ross, WR, 1.9, Cincinnati Bengals
- Kevin King, CB, 2.33, Green Bay Packers
- Budda Baker, S, 2.36, Arizona Cardinals
- Sidney Jones, CB, 2.43, Philadelphia Eagles
- Elijah Qualls, DT, 6.214, Philadelphia Eagles
Despite the best efforts by many local fans to mock one, or several, of the above to the Seattle-based Seattle Seahawks, it didn’t materalize. But you can still root for them. Except King. Well, and Baker, too, because. And maybe the Philly guys as well. OK fine it’s just John Ross at this point.
(Yes, today’s poll is geared to the Seattle-based readers of FG who also happen to follow the Seattle-based Huskies. We’ll broaden the polls again, starting tomorrow. Please do not feel terribly excluded if your misplaced collegiate loyalty lies elsewhere. Hey, many of us like those Cougars in the pros just fine. Ever hear of Marcus Trufant or Robbie Tobeck? Woof. Meow. Over in the corner, you can even hear Max Unger quacking.)
Ross heads to a Bengals team that threw it 117 times more than they ran it last season, with a proven quarterback at the helm. He doesn’t have to be a main target with A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert around.
King joins a defense in Green Bay that was 21st in points allowed last year and is hardly known for its secondary. He figures to compete immediately for playing time.
Baker will learn coverage skills alongside Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson. You could do much, much worse.
Jones is the wild card, as he continues to recover from an Achilles tear suffered at the most unfortunate time possible — on the final play of his pro day. Many analysts had him pegged as the best talent in that loaded UW secondary.
Finally, it isn’t crazy to theorize that Qualls could start on day one for the Eagles.
Which Washington Husky drafted in 2017 will have the most successful pro career?
This poll is closed
Budda Baker (Cardinals for now)
Sidney Jones (Eagles)
Kevin King (Packers? Packers. Packers...)
Elijah Qualls (hoggin’ Eagles again)
John Ross (Bengals)