For the first time in school history, the Washington Huskies have three first-round NFL draft picks in the same year.
That became official when the Carolina Panthers drafted linebacker Shaq Thompson with the 25th overall pick. Danny Shelton (12th) and Marcus Peters (18th) were picked earlier tonight.
Thompson earned All-America honors after playing linebacker, safety and tailback for the Huskies in 2014. He finished the season with 81 tackles, four defensive touchdowns and four fumble recoveries, in addition to rushing for 456 yards on 61 carries as a productive fill-in at tailback.
Thompson has said he only wants to play defense in the NFL. Most projections see him as an outside linebacker or a strong safety.