Washington football should have seven or eight players picked in the NFL Draft, but who’s getting picked first?
Washington football is oozing with NFL talent, and they could have eight players taken in the NFL Draft. But who will be the first player taken?
According to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, his final mock draft, has three Huskies going back to back in the top of the second round. The Denver Broncos took Byron Murphy 41st overall, the Cincinnati Bengals took Kaleb McGary 42nd, and the Detroit Lions took Taylor Rapp 43rd. At this point, that seems like the lowest possible outcome for most of those guys. Rapp and Murphy, at least technique wise, are first round players.
The ceiling for Rapp is probably at 21st overall to the Seattle Seahawks. His slower 40 yard dash time at his pro day will probably end up pushing him down some team’s boards, but I have a feeling that due to his tape and technique, the Seahawks will grab him with one of their two first-round picks.
With Murphy, there should be a run at cornerbacks that starts a little later in the first round. At the absolute peak for him, he could go 16th overall to the Carolina Panthers. But there are a lot of teams that need corners near the end of the first round, or there’s potential that a team sees the strength, aggressiveness and perfect technique that Murphy plays with, and there’s a good chance that they will overlook his size and 40 yard dash time (which really shouldn’t be that much of an issue) and trade back up into the first round to get him.
And then for McGary, I think the best case scenario for him is the 33rd overall pick, because the Arizona Cardinals need a lot of help along the offensive line, and he could be the perfect fit for them and whoever their young quarterback might be.
All things considered, I think that Rapp goes first. The safety position is at a premium in today’s game, and elite players at the position like Rapp should go early in the draft.