Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are juniors this season. That’s significant.
When the year is over, each will become eligible for the NFL draft.
Seferian-Jenkins appears a no-brainer selection if he chose to come out early. Last year, he was a finalist for the John Mackey Award along with Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert and Stanford’s Zach Ertz. Eifert was picked 21st overall by the Cincinnati Bengals. Ertz was taken 35th overall by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Williams led the Huskies in receptions last year. His 77 catches were third all-time on Washington’s single-season list and led him to being named honorable mention All-Pac-12.
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“I think Kasen Williams is a terrific prospect,” Rob Rang, Senior NFL Draft analyst CBS Sports, said. “I think he has done everything in his first couple of years and he’s a very much a potential high-round NFL prospect.”
Again, with the caveat the draft is a long way away and there will be a lot of moving parts between now and then and that each player has not decided, here’s what each had to say about their thoughts on leaving after this year is complete:
“I need 10 wins,” Williams said. “That’s really the only thing to be focused about. In order for that to happen (leaving after his junior season for the draft), the numbers have to be there A, and we have to win 10 games.”
“The most important thing right now is to get better,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “The NFL is a long ways away. All I am focusing on is today and if I can get better. The NFL is really irrelevant to the University of Washington and what we’re trying to accomplish. I give all the respect to the NFL, but the most important thing is winning what we’re supposed to, which is a Pac-12 North title and that’s what we want to do, that’s the most important thing and that’s the only thing on my mind.”