With linebacker/safety/running back Shaq Thompson a surprise selection by the Carolina Panthers at No. 25 overall Thursday night, the Washington Huskies had an unprecedented three players selected in the first round of the NFL draft. Thompson followed DT Danny Shelton, who went to the Cleveland Browns with the 12th overall pick, and CB Marcus Peters, taken 18th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Before Thursday, the Huskies never had more than two players taken in the first round.
In 1941, C Rudy Mucha (Cleveland Rams) and E/DB Dean McAdams (Brooklyn Dodgers) were selected fourth and eighth, respectively. In 1992, Steve Emtman (Indianapolis) and Dana Hall (San Francisco) went 1st and 18th. In 1995 RB Napoleon Kaufmann and TE Mark Bruener went to Oakland and Pittsburgh, respectively, at 18th and 27th.
Since the inaugural NFL draft in 1936, USC has had three or more players selected in the first round nine times, with a high of five in 1968 and four in 2008. Washington and Colorado (1976), which became part of the Pac-12 three years ago, are the only other schools with as many as three.
Here are the drafts in which three or more players from a current Pac-12 school were selected in the first round:
|1968||USC||5||R. Yary, M. Taylor, T. Rossovich, M. Hull, E. McCulloch|
|2008||USC||4||Sedrick Ellis, Keith Rivers, Sam Baker, Lawrence Jackson|
|1973||USC||3||Charle Young, Sam Cunningham, Pete Adams|
|1976||Colorado||3||Pete Brock, Troy Archer, Mark Koncar|
|1977||USC||3||Ricky Bell, Marvin Powell, Gary Jeter|
|1980||USC||3||Anthony Munoz, Brad Budde, Charles White|
|1981||USC||3||Ronnie Lott, Keith Van Horne, Dennis Smith|
|1982||USC||3||Chip Banks, Marcus Allen, Roy Foster|
|1983||USC||3||Bruce Matthews, Joey Browner, Don Mosebar|
|2009||USC||3||Mark Sanchez, Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews|
|2015||Wash||3||Danny Shelton, Marcus Peters, Shaq Thompson|
Thompson scored six touchdowns, two as a running back and four on defense (one interception return and three fumble returns). He started at tailback for Huskies at Colorado, rushing for 174 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and had two receptions for 41 yards.
Thompson played in 40 games in his three-year career, finishing with 3.5 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, 16 passes defensed and five fumble recoveries.
Numerous mock drafts projected Shelton as a Cleveland pick, so his selection was no surprise. The question with Peters was how far he would fall in the first round after he was dismissed from the team in November following disputes with UW coaches. Most mocks had him going after the 26th pick.