Some have suggested Vita Vea could sneak into the draft's top 10 tonight.

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Twenty years ago, 10 players from the University of Washington were selected in the 1998 NFL Draft, the most the Huskies have had taken in one draft.

A year ago, five Huskies were selected in the NFL draft — John Ross (Cincinnati, first); Kevin King (Green Bay, second); Budda Baker (Arizona, second); Sidney Jones (Philadelphia, second); and Elijah Qualls (Philadelphia, sixth).

How many Huskies will get drafted over the next three days?

There is no doubt Vita Vea will be selected during today’s first round (5 p.m. PT; NFL Network/ESPN/Fox). Some have suggested he could sneak into the top 10.

Dante Pettis is generally expected to be taken in either the second or third rounds Friday (4 p.m. PT).

During the final four rounds Saturday, tight end Will Dissly, linebacker Azeem Victor, linebacker Keishawn Bierria, offensive lineman Coleman Shelton and running back Lavon Coleman will all hope to hear their names called. Safety Ezekiel Turner, offensive lineman Andrew Kirkland and defensive end JoJo Mathis could also find themselves in an NFL training camp this summer.

Here’s where some of the mock drafts project the Huskies to go:


Round 1 (13 overall) to Washington
Comment: “He’s a freak. The key to his value is how much he’ll actually play in sub package.”

PETER KING, Sports Illustrated

Vea: Round 1 (11 overall) to Miami
Comment: “The New Suh. … One word of caution with Vea: He’s got to manage his weight if he wants to be more than a two-down player.”


Vea: Round 1 (11 overall) to Miami
Comment: “Josh Rosen could be the pick here, but Vea fits a more urgent need and he would make an immediate impact.”


Vea: Round 1 (13 overall) to Washington
Comment: “There are many who think Vea will be gone before the Redskins pick at No. 13; if teams view him as a three-down player, he could sneak into the top 10. Vea offers versatility, having played all three line spots at Washington. He rushed best, it seemed, when over the nose. But he can stop the run and he would give the Redskins another young piece to build around up front.”

Pettis: Round 2 (61 overall) to Jacksonville
Comment: “Pettis is an elite punt returner, and he had 15 receiving touchdowns in 2016.”


Vea: Round 1 (11 overall) to Miami
Comment: “They have to get stronger inside with Ndamukong Suh leaving. Vea would be a great addition.”

Top 100 prospects

No. 9: Vea
Comment: “As his size and strength (42 repetitions on the bench press) suggest, Vea can dominate as a run-stuffer. He is also incredibly athletic for a man of his size, surprising opponents with his initial burst and speed in pursuit.”
No. 76:


Vea: Round 1 (14 overall) to Green Bay
Pettis: Round 3 (89 overall) to Tennessee
Dissly: Round 5 (160 overall) to Denver
Victor: Round 7 (241 overall) to Washington


Vea: Round 1 (13 overall) to Washington
Pettis: Round 3 (94 overall) to Minnesota
Dissly: Round 7 (226 overall) to New York Jets