Thompson goes to the Carolina Panthers with the 25th pick, giving UW three first-rounders for the first time in program history.
Shaq Thompson, perhaps the most versatile player in Washington football history, was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 25th pick in the first round of the NFL draft, giving UW three first-round draft picks for the first time in school history.
Danny Shelton went 12th overall to the Cleveland Browns, and Marcus Peters was the 18th pick by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Carolina was the only team in the past couple months to host Thompson on a visit and schedule a formal work out with him.
Thompson, considered the nation’s top safety recruit coming out of Sacramento’s Grant High School, was a three-year starter for UW at outside linebacker. He declared for the draft in January, forgoing his senior season.
Last fall, when injuries decimated UW’s backfield, Thompson also spent four games as UW’s featured running back, and his 7.5 yards per carry was the best in the Pac-12. He was the first Husky to win the Paul Hornung Award, presented to the nation’s most versatile player.
Thompson joined Shelton and Kikaha on the Associated Press All-America first team, the first time UW has had three players so honored in the same season.