Washington’s run of NFL tight ends continues.
Drew Sample became latest tight end from UW to enter the NFL, as he was taken in the second round (No. 52 overall pick) of the NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday.
A 6-foot-5, 255-pound graduate of Bellevue’s Newport High, Sample follows former UW tight end Will Dissly, who was drafted by the Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2018 draft. Sample joins his former teammates Kaleb McGary and Byron Murphy as the first few Huskies off the board.
The Huskies have sent 20 tight ends to the NFL — and now five in the past six years. Austin Seferian-Jenkins was a second-round pick in 2013, and Joshua Perkins (2016) and Darrell Daniels (2017) made NFL rosters as undrafted free agents.
Sample, a steady blocking tight end, had 25 catches for 252 yards and three touchdowns as a senior in 2018.