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Washington's draft success soars under Chris Petersen

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Washington reclaimed its spot as one of the top programs in college football this past season, winning the Pac-12 and qualifying for the College Football Playoff.

That success directly correlates with the arrival of head coach Chris Petersen, who took what former head coach Steve Sarkisian began to build and put it on (metaphorical) steroids.

Since the 2014 NFL Draft, the Huskies have produced 10 players taken in the first two rounds, the same amount the program had from 1998-2013.

Year Rd. Pos. Player Team
2014 2 TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins Buccaneers
2014 2 RB Bishop Sankey Titans
2015 1 DT Danny Shelton Browns
2015 1 CB Marcus Peters Chiefs
2015 1 LB Shaq Thompson Panthers
2015 2 LB Hau'oli Kikaha Saints
2017 1 WR John Ross Bengals
2017 2 CB Kevin King Packers
2017 2 S Budda Baker Cardinals
2017 2 CB Sidney Jones Eagles

Both Seferian-Jenkins and Sankey were draft picks under Sarkisian, who saw a total of nine players picked over his five-year tenure in Seattle. Before he arrived, Washington had not produced a draft pick since 2007, a span of three years.

In three seasons with the Huskies and just two rounds into this year's draft, Petersen has already surpassed Sarkisian's draft total.

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