The first Husky off the board was defensive tackle Danny Shelton, who was picked No. 12 by the Cleveland Browns. Moments after he was selected, Shelton walked onto the stage in Chicago and wrapped his arms around Commissioner Roger Goodell, lifting him off the ground.
With the top two quarterbacks long gone, the Browns used the first of their two first-round picks on Shelton, a 6-foot-2, 339-pound run stuffer who should help a defense that ranked last in the NFL against the run in 2014.
Next up was Marcus Peters, who the Kansas City Chiefs selected with the No. 18 pick. The 6-foot, 190-pound Peters was considered one of the top defensive backs in the draft, but he gave many teams pause after he was kicked off the Huskies team last November.
Peters said at the annual scouting combine that it was “miscommunication, mostly on my behalf” with new Huskies coach Chris Petersen’s staff that led to the problems. Peters, who also failed a drug test early in his career, acknowledged he “didn’t take the coaching transition too well.”
The final Husky taken in the first round was Shaq Thompson, who was picked No. 25 by the Carolina Panthers.
The 6-foot, 228-pound Thompson was the winner of the Paul Hornung Award, given to the nation’s most versatile player.
He scored six touchdowns in 2014 – four on defense and two as a running back. He even started at tailback against Colorado last year and ran for 174 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and caught two passes for 41 yards.
Thompson had 3.5 sacks, 15 tackles for loss and five fumble recoveries in 40 games at Washington.
Thompson was also drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB Draft, but wound up playing football.