Washington Huskies / NFL Draft / Live Blog

Seven players from Chris Petersen's final UW team are looking, hoping and waiting, to get drafted. We'll follow them through the process.

Jacob Eason, Nick Harris, Hunter Bryant, Trey Adams, Salvon Ahmed, Aaron Fuller and Myles Bryant each await their pro football calling. 

Some will be drafted over these three days. Some will have to enter the league as free-agent hopefuls. 

Our Husky Maven/Sports Illustrated blog observes and offers insights to each player's situation. Follow along with us in the comments section below.  

Thursday, April 23, 5 p.m. PT

The ESPN analysts just gave their final insight as we head into the virtual broadcast. Wonder how many were wearing just gym shorts or sweats under that camera cutoff line, below their ties and sports coats?

Sixty remote setups of players. Thirty-two teams. All bunched in a Hollywood Squares like box.

5:25 p.m. PT

The pick is in.

Joe Burreaux, take a bow.

He had a white headset on, while looking at his phone, to get the news.

Mom and dad, sitting on the couch with their son, offering congratulatory pats on the back. 

Over to you, Mel Kiper. 

Roll the highlights film and let the draft guru prattle.

Shift to LSU coach Ed Orgeron's office, where there were a half-dozen people gathered. Safely. 

Back to the Burrow's home, Joe pulled on a Bengals cap, stood up with his parents and they traded hugs. 

Suzy Kolber does an interview with Joe -- remote.

Joe is the fifth player to claim the Heisman, national championship and No. 1 overall draft position. 

5:34 p.m. PT 

Chase Young quickly goes No. 2 to Washington.

The Redskins, not the Huskies.

The dominant pass rusher, however, played against the UW 16 months ago in the Rose Bowl.

Had two tackles, including a sack of Jake Browning, in Ohio State's 28-23 victory.

ESPN calls him the best player in the draft, as far as a pure athlete. 

The network just compared Young to Jadevon Clowney, the reluctant Seahawks rush end.

5:38 p.m. PT

Top three picks all played at Ohio State at some point as Buckeyes cornerback Jeff Okudah goes No. 3 to the Lions.

Okudah, a native Texan, had five tackles, including a pair of pass breakups in that 2019 Rose Bowl against the Huskies. 

Burrow had already transferred well before the Rose Bowl, as a grad student to LSU, knowing that Dwayne Haskins had beaten him out at quarterback.

No wonder the UW got handled that day in Pasadena.

5:48 p.m. PT

Giants are up.

Andrew Thomas, Georgia offensive tackle, goes to Gotham, not Justin Herbert, Oregon's QB, as some had predicted.

Thomas and Jacob Eason played together for a season in Athens.

Actually just a few games, because Eason was injured for most of 2017.

5:55 p.m. PT

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa goes to the Miami Dolphins.

Dan Marino and Bob Griese, move over.

Hip be damned.

Makes sense. 

Tuscaloosa isn't far from South Beach.

The Hawaiian is a gamer.

A lefthanded Drew Brees. 

Family members either wearing leis or flowers in their hair.

Tua joins a small fraternity of NFL lefties at quarterback, which include the likes of former UW standout Mark Brunell and Steve Young.

6:02 p.m. PT

Pick 6 by the Los Angeles Chargers.

Justin Herbert stays on the West Coast.

Herbert, twice a Husky beater, is the second prominent Ducks quarterback to join the Chargers franchise.

Dan Fouts, anyone?

Three QBs taken in first six picks.

Can Eason sneak back into the first round?

6:10 p.m. PT

Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown goes to Carolina.

Another Husky beater. 

He had three tackles in a 21-16 victory over the UW to open the 2018 season. 

This draft is whipping right along, with people making instantaneous picks.

ESPN can barely get its analysis and highlights in.

6:14 p.m. PT

Arizona, a team full of Huskies, takes Isaiah Simmons, Clemson linebacker.

He'll play on Cardinal defense with Budda Baker and Byron Murphy.

Eighth pick.

Kansas kid. 

Forty time of 4.39 with his big frame. 

6:23 p.m. PT

Jaguars pick is in.

No. 9 pick.

Cornerback CJ Henderson from Florida. 

Miami kid going to Jacksonville.

6:26 p.m. PT 

Cleveland is up.

Fletcher Rollinson, young Browns fan, nice job on the introduction.

10 picks in.

Offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. from Alabama. 

Big man.

From Kentucky.

6:35 p.m. PT 

Another offensive tackle.

Mekhi Becton.

360 pounds.

Ran 40 in 5.1 seconds.

Big dude.

He's a wide-body Jet.

His mom is a soul food caterer, accounting for some of his girth.

His basketball highlights are crazy.

He pushing a truck like Walter Jones used to do in Alabama.

Must be a Southern thing. 

6:40 p.m. PT

Raiders and Gruden are up. 

First of two picks.

Las Vegas' first draftee. 

Pick No. 12 is Henry Ruggs, wide receiver from Alabama.

Third Crimson Tide draft choice in a dozen.

6:45 p.m. PT

So did every first-round possibility get 32 hats?

Nice robe, Henry.

Going 10 rounds?

Nope just one. 

6:50 p.m. PT

Tampa Bay on the clock with back to back picks. 

Need some Tom Brady protection?

Shot of Bruce Arians on his patio.

Got airmen in Qatar, all Bucs fans, waving flags, deployed from Tampa.

Brady gets a big man, Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs.

He's another freakish athlete.

Ran 4.85 40 with 6-foot-3 and 322-pound frame. 

He's No. 13.

6:58 p.m. PT 

San Francisco trades for pick.

Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw goes to 49ers.

Was homeless in DC at one point.

South Carolina.

Former JC guy. 

Frame of 6-5, 324.


7:04 p.m. PT

Broncos up with pick No. 15.

Jerry Jeudy, Alabama wide receiver.

Fourth Crimson Tide first-rounder.

Great route-runner.

Jeudy family has a lot of people over at the house, though most of them are behind glass doors. 

7:12 p.m. PT

Halfway point of first round.

Cornerback A.J. Terrell of Clemson.

Goes to Atlanta and Dan Quinn.


Does he get ex-Husky Desmond Trufant's vacated spot?

7:20 p.m. PT

Shot of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at home

Or was that the Playboy mansion?

Gold-plated backdrop.

Waiting on pick No. 17.

Cowboys choose CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma wide receiver.

Just up the turnpike.

Michael Irvin, tell us what you know about one of your successors. 

7:27 p.m. PT

Dolphins second pick is in.

Somebody to go with Tua.

No. 18.

Piper says got to take an OT to protect Tua.

It's USC offensive tackle Austin Jackson.

Saw him at Husky Stadium last September.

He lost 28-14.

Phoenix dude. 

20 years old.

Second Pac-12 guy behind Herbert.

Grandfather played for 1974 USC team.

Melvin Jackson.

Played for Green Bay Packers.

7:34 p.m. PT

Las Vegas gets second pick.

No. 19.

Damon Arnette, Ohio State cornerback, goes to Raiders.

Father is Chris Carter, talked him into playing another Buckeyes season and getting his game in order for NFL career. 

Analysts still surprised he went so high.

7:40 p.m. PT 

Jacksonville is next up.

Second pick in first round.

Trey Wingo's looking a little gray behind the ESPN desk.

We're looking at pick No. 20.

Jordan Love is the next QB up.

Jaguars, however, are set with former WSU Cougar Gardner Minshew.

Jacksonville takes K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU outside linebacker.

I like it how all these GMs have their kids lurking around them. 


7:45 p.m. PT 

Philadelphia has No. 21. 

Eagles coach Doug Pederson, from Ferndale, has his son hanging with him with the pick ready to come.

Goodell announces Jalen Reagor, TCU wide receiver.

A Horned Frog plucked by the Eagles.

That's a scary image.

Montae Reagor, Jalen's dad, was a Colts defensive tackle.

Lot of second-generation NFL guys in this draft so far.

7:55 p.m. PT

Vikings up next with pick No. 22.

11 picks left.

Will Seahawks trade No. 27?

They always trade their No. 1. 

Justin Jefferson, LSU wide receiver, goes to Minneapolis.

No stars coming out of high school. 

111 catches, school record. 

8:00 p.m. PT

Patriots just traded 23rd pick to the Chargers. 

What are they going to get for Herbert and team?

New England gets second and third round picks.

Adam Schefter, my former Seattle P-I teammate -- way to go Adam, Mr. Big Time -- thinks Chargers might pick up a defensive player. 

Pick is Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma inside linebacker. 

Looking at his highlights: Wow.

Herbert should be happy he doesn't have to face this guy. 

Just call him a teammate. 

8:09 p.m. PT

Sean Payton, fully recovered, talks about having novel coronavirus in video.

Pays tribute to the health workers.

He donated blood on Monday.

He was first NFL person to have the virus.

Now he and his team has the next pick -- No. 24.

Payton is seated a couch. Got a couple guys nearby with laptops.

Maybe another defensive pick?

Saints choose Cesar Ruiz, Michigan center.

Tears of joy for the big fellah.

No offense to Cesar, but I'll bet Washington's Nick Harris is a better pro at that position.

Sad story: Cesar's dad, another Cesar, stopped to help driver change a tired and was killed by another vehicle. 

Mickey Loomis is on the screen.

We used to stand together and watch our daughters play youth soccer. 

8:15 p.m. PT

Vikings back on the clock with pick No. 25.

Another trade.

No, not Seattle.

Not yet.

Vikings traded pick to San Francisco.

Pick is in.

49ers choose Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State wide receiver.

Third Pac-12 choice in first round, behind Oregon's Herbert and USC's Jackson. 

Hugs in Reno, Nevada. 

8:24 p.m. PT

Miami looks for another piece to go with Tua.

Seahawks must working the phones, looking for a deal.

They're next, after the Dolphins. 

Jimmy Kimmel, former Seattle radio host now late-night ABC talker, part of ad for Las Vegas, where he apparently lives. 

Three defensive guys on Kiper's list of five still available.

Will Seahawks take one of the DBs?

No, they're going to trade the pick, aren't they?

Green Bay just traded up for Miami's pick. 

Packers take quarterback Jordan Love.

A poor man's Mahomes.

Aaron Rodgers gets a backup.

Love is the fourth quarterback to go in the first round, pretty much the guy who pushed Eason into round 2.

He's in Bakersfield. Doing a Suzy Kolber interview.

I'm super excited, Jordan says.

Didn't know what to expect.


I can learn a lot from Aaron Rodgers.

Sad story: Orbin Love, Jordan's father and a cop, took his life in 2013.

Had medicine issues that caused it, the family says. 

8:33 p.m. PT

Seahawks are on the clock.

Will they or won't they?

Seattle has made its selection. 

No trade.

The pick is in.


No trade.

Got to be a defensive player. 

No. 27.

Need a rusher. 

Here we go: Goodell has the card, and the pick ... Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech linebacker. 

367 tacles.

Led Tech three times in tackles. 

6-foot, 240 pounds.

Super fast linebacker.

Second-team AP All-American.

Kiper: He's a tackling machine. 

4.54 40.

Had shoulder injury.

Kiper: Difference-maker.

Pete Carroll in big office. 

John Schneider clapping in his shot, obviously fired up. 

8:41 p.m. PT

Five more picks.

Baltimore up at No. 28. 

Ravens choose Patrick Queen, LSU inside linebacker.

Two LBs in a row.

Wonder what Seattle liked better in Brooks over Queen?

Look like they have similar speed.

8:48 p.m. PT

Tennessee gets ready to make its first pick of the night.

Titans at No. 29.

Don't think they'll need a running back. 

Pick is in. 

Kurt Warner says DL.

Titans pick Isaiah Wilson, another Georgia O-lineman, this one a guard.

He's 6-6 1/2 and 350 pounds.

Man mountain.

Vrabel just dropped his chew into a cup.

Who's the guy in the hooded blue and white pajama suit?

Looks like a mascot. 

Or a blue man.

A white and blue man. 

Oh well.  

8:58 p.m. PT

Next up, No. 30.

Miami looking for support for Tua.

They've already got Austin Jackson, for some line protection.

Sorry Myles Gaskin, Kiper says the Dolphins need a running back. 

Adam Schefter, the former P-I guy, also suggests a runner might be in the works. 

But teams just don't spend first-rounders on backs. 

Miami's third pick in the first round will be ... Noah Igbinoghene, an Auburn cornerback.

His parents were both Olympians, competing for Nigeria's national team. 

He's in tears. 

9:02 p.m. PT

Vikings have pick No. 31 and they turned it in practically on the heels of Miami's third selection.

Minnesota chooses Jeff Gladney, TCU cornerback. 

Seems like a lot of Texas guys.

Yet no University of Texas players.

 9:09 p.m. PT

Last pick of the first round.

Kansas City, Super Bowl champs, get to add to the talent pool. 

All the ESPN analysts, notably Kiper, say to expect 5-6 running backs to go in the second and third rounds on Friday.

Andy Reid is wearing a Hawaiian shirt. He's looking at TV screen with him on it. 

Pick is in.

Night is about to conclude.

Nice to have a live sporting event like this.

Only a couple of player interviews.

Which is kind of refreshing.

The final pick for day one: Chiefs take Clyde Edwards-Helaire of LSU. 

Take that RB naysayers. 

His dad went to prison.

His name honors both his father and stepfather.

He's just 5-8.

No Huskies today.

No Eason. 

No surprise.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, April 24, 4 p.m. PT