The spate of early leaps to the NFL continues unabated, with Washington the latest to be hit with what’s a wave of personnel attrition.
UW announced in a press release Tuesday that four Huskies football players – safety Budda Baker, cornerback Sidney Jones, defensive lineman Elijah Qualls and wide receiver John Ross – have opted to forgo their senior seasons and make themselves available for the 2017 NFL Draft. The quartet of moves comes three days after UW’s turnaround season came to an end with a loss to Alabama in one of the College Football Playoff semifinals.
“These four players have been a big part of the progress this program has made during their time here,” said UW head coach Chris Petersen in a statement. “We wish them all the success in the world as they pursue their professional goals.”
A consensus All-American, Baker is widely viewed as one of the top safeties available in the upcoming draft. Coming off a knee injury that cost him the entire 2015 season, Ross (pictured) led the Huskies in receptions (81), receiving yards (1,150) and receiving touchdowns (17). The touchdowns were the second-most in Pac-12 history.
Jones was a three-year starter while Qualls started the past two seasons.