Projections have former UW linebacker Travis Feeney going anywhere from the second to the seventh round in the NFL draft.
Opinions are divided on Travis Feeney.
So varied is the range of possibilities for where he is projected to be selected in the NFL draft — depending on what draft analyst you trust, he could go anywhere from the second to the seventh round — that Feeney says he has stopped paying attention to the speculation altogether.
“I told my agent, ‘Don’t even tell me what the projections are. I don’t want to hear it,’” he said.
The buildup to the draft has been a combination of crazy, stressful and fun, as Feeney described it, and the nerves are taking over for the former Washington linebacker this week as the Thursday’s first round approaches. The second and third rounds are Friday, with the final four rounds on Saturday.
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“The process has been really long — longer than what I thought it would be,” Feeney said. “It’s unreal, man. It’s right there. I couldn’t sleep yesterday, and I probably won’t sleep tonight either.”
Considered the Huskies’ best pro prospect this year, Feeney impressed enough at the NFL combine showcase in February that he will almost certainly hear his named called at some point during the draft. Regardless of when and where he goes, Feeney is confident in his potential.
“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where you’re drafted; it just matters that you get on the team and show what you got,” he said. “I don’t talk that much … but whoever passes on me they’re going to regret it. Whoever gets me, they’re getting a gem.”
Most analyst project him to go in the middle rounds, but Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke wrote this week that he believes Feeney might sneak into the second or third round Friday.
“The NFL is foaming at the mouth trying to find rangy linebackers to match up with modern offenses, and Feeney could be that type of player,” Burke wrote.
Feeney plans to watch the draft with his family back home in Richmond, Calif. He has made two recent trips to visit NFL teams — the New Orleans Saints and his hometown Oakland Raiders — and he said he is on track to be fully recovered from sports hernia surgery he had on March 17. It’s an injury he played through all of last season at UW.
Even with the injury, Feeney, at 6-feet-4, 230 pounds, had a breakout season for the Huskies as a senior last fall, leading the team with eight sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss, ranking third in the Pac-12 in both. He began his UW career as a safety, then moved closer to the line of scrimmage each season. That versatility has helped his NFL stock.
What really boosted his profile was his 4.5-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, second-fastest among linebackers at the NFL combine.
“He’s just really, really fast,” UW coach Chris Petersen said this week. “This game is all about speed, and it’s probably more all about speed at the next level. So I think that’s what gives him such a good chance; he can cover ground with the best of them.”
Former UW linebacker Cory Littleton, who joined Feeney at the combine, is a potential late-round draft pick. Petersen said Littleton “has been underrated as a player for us, and I think he’s a guy who’s going to play in the NFL for awhile, I really do.”
Other draft hopefuls from UW are receiver Jaydon Mickens, tight end Josh Perkins, defensive lineman Taniela Tupou and running back Dwayne Washington, who left UW with one season of eligibility remaining.