Rapp's next stop: NFL draft

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Dan Raley

Taylor Rapp, Washington’s much-decorated free safety, as expected will pass up his senior season with the Huskies and enter the NFL draft, he disclosed on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

A junior from Bellingham, Rapp was unable to play against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, which the UW lost 28-23, because of a hip injury.

On Twitter, he wrote: “Ever since I was a child I dreamed of playing in the National Football League. Now, with this incredible opportunity in front of me, I feel it is my best interest to seize it. With that being said, I’m officially foregoing my senior year of eligibility and entering the 2019 NFL Draft.”

The 6-foot, 200-pound Rapp, a two-time, first-team All-Pac-12 selection, recently was named to four first-team All-America teams and five second teams.

He finished his junior season with 59 tackles, including six tackles for loss, among them a team-leading five sacks. He had two interceptions, giving him seven in his college career.

A highly instinctive player, Rapp became a starter almost immediately as a freshman. He finished that first season by being named most valuable player of the 2016 Pac-12 championship game after intercepting two passes against Colorado and returning one 35 yards for a touchdown.

Rapp told the Seattle Times he had been graded as a second-round pick.